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CABBIE HORROR; Driver in intensive care after brick is thrown at windscreen.

Byline: By PATRICK GRIFFIN

A TAXI driver is in an intensive care unit after thugs hurled a brick through his car windscreen in a horrific late-night attack.

Jackie Anderson suffered serious head injuries in the attack on his green Mercedes in Portaferry, Co Down.

Yesterday his girlfriend and other family members were keeping a vigil at his hospital bedside.

Police believe the brick was thrown by a passenger in a vehicle travelling on the same road in the opposite direction.

The PSNI is investigating claims that there had been a number of similar incidents in the area and have asked for anyone with information to come forward.

The incident happened on the Portaferry Road at about 10.30pm on Saturday as the cabbie was heading towards the town centre. Steve Griffin, a pal of the injured man, said this is not the first time such a incident had happened.

He added: "Whoever is doing this needs to stop before they kill somebody.

These people need to realise the consequences of their actions and stop this stupidity at once."

Another taxi driver said last night: "This is nothing short of attempted murder in my book and these thugs need to be caught and locked up for a very long time."

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Date:Mar 3, 2008
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