“I was lucky not to have bumped into anything”: Uber driver speaks out after “gang of children” threw stones at his car for the third time this year
An Uber driver spoke of anguish after his car was pelted with stones for the third time this year.
Noman Ali, 32, said he was dropping off a client in Gorton when a group of children started throwing stones at the Hyde Road Bridge.
Spotting them quickly, he managed to pull his car aside, but unfortunately two of the stones hit his car, causing damage to the windshield and hood.
He was unable to work for three days while the problem was being repaired.
Earlier this month, the Manchester Evening News reported that a taxi company threatened to stop serving an area in north Manchester after claiming drivers were being terrorized by a gang of young people.
The residents of Newton Heath are said to live in fear, with some threatening to take their own action against unruly children.
Local advisers say the gang specifically targets residents, drivers and traders on Scotland Hall Road, near Briscoe Lane Academy.
Video shows a group of boys cursing and throwing objects at a taxi as it attempts to drive along the road with a female passenger inside.
You can hear her say, “Oh no, you’re fucking crazy. Let me out. Stop, stop.”
Greater Manchester Police said an investigation has been opened.
No arrests were made in connection with the incident.
Local politicians, residents and drivers of the Cresta Cars taxi company say more needs to be done in the area to stop the terrifying behavior.
Talk to MEN, Noman said, “I just dropped off one client and was heading to another.
“Some kids were throwing stones at the bridge on Hyde Road near Pure Gym.
“They were throwing stones and bricks at cars.
“I saw it and moved my car, but it got hit by two stones, one damaged my front windshield and the other caused a little dent on the hood.
“Fortunately, I didn’t lose control, I managed to control the car, so I didn’t hit the curb.”
Noman said that recently taxis have called for the yellow stickers usually seen on the front of their vehicles to be removed so that they are no longer “ targeted ” by young people.
“Only taxis stop in the wrong areas and when they do, these things happen. It’s because we go to these places, ”he said.
“I couldn’t work and had to show my car, it cost £ 128 and took three days.
“My wife is pregnant and should arrive in two weeks.”
Noman said this had happened two more times in the past year, the first time he lost his exterior mirror and the second time his hood was damaged.
He said he had to work two to three times as hard to afford to repair the damage, and it was affecting his no-claims insurance.
“I’ve seen them throw apples, vegetables, bricks, stones, whatever they can throw. They’ve already pushed my car, how many are there? he said.
“I was lucky I didn’t touch anything – it’s a revenge for us not to go to these areas.”