Sydney cab driver punched in the head for being a non-smoker

POLICE are appealing for information after a taxi driver was assaulted in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Chippendale.

The incident occurred on Balfour Street, near the intersection with Queen Street, shortly after 10pm on Friday.

The 33-year-old male taxi driver was returning to his cab after a meal break when a man allegedly approached him and asked for a cigarette.


When the taxi driver said he didn’t smoke, the other man punched him in the face.

At this point, the taxi driver became aware of a second offender going through his pockets.

The taxi driver managed to break free and run north along Balfour Street, where he called police.

He received treatment at the scene for a cut lip and facial bruising, as well as grazes to his hands and knees as a result of falling to the ground.

None of his property was stolen.

The first man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged 20 to 25, about 165 to 170cm tall, with a thin build, and short, light-coloured hair. This man was clean-shaven, and at the time was wearing a white jumper and black pants.

The second man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged 20 to 25, about 170 to 175cm tall, and with a medium build.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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