A taxi driver needed hospital treatment after being punched by a passenger who didn’t have money to pay him in Thatcham in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police have released an e-fit of a man they are looking for after the assault in Newbolt Close, which happened between 3.30am and 4am.
The driver of the taxi, a 41-year-old man, picked up a man and a woman who asked to be dropped off in Newbolt Close.
They didn’t have enough money to pay the fare so the man left his mobile phone with the driver, while he and the woman went to find a cashpoint.
Both walked down the alleyway towards Browning Close, before the man returned a few minutes later without any money and demanded his phone back.
He then snatched the phone from the driver, snapped the key in the ignition and punched the victim in the nose, causing it to bleed.
The man then forcefully slammed the door of the taxi, causing the window to shatter.
The victim was left with minor injuries to his nose, which required hospital treatment.
Police have released a description of the offender, saying he was white with a slight tan, between 25 and 27 years old, around 5ft 6ins tall with a medium build, and spoke with a local accent.
He had short dark brown hair and was clean shaven, with brown eyes, and was wearing a plain, dark coloured long-sleeved t-shirt and jeans.
The taxi was a grey Peugeot Horizon.
Investigating officer PC Talane Smith, from Newbury police station, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone acting suspiciously in the area around this time.
“If you have any information regarding this incident please come forward and speak to police.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43170116413.