Man, 21, arrested over Sheffield taxi driver bottle attack

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A MAN has been arrested over an attack on a Sheffield taxi driver which left him blind in one eye.

Police confirmed the 21-year-old, from Sheffield, has now been released on police bail.

Driver Arshad Mahmood, 40, was attacked with a broken bottle on Fox Hill Road after he asked a passenger not to drink in the vehicle.

The dad, of Nether Edge, has lost the sight in his right eye as a result and faces further surgery.

A police spokesman said: “A 21-year-old man from Sheffield was arrested the following day. He has been bailed.”

This week Sheffield Council announced it would reconsider plans to install cameras in its 857 hackney carriages following the attack.

A licensing committee is to look again at the matter of mandatory CCTV after it was dropped several years ago.

However the move may face difficulties after the Government made another authority, Southampton City Council, stop recording in taxis to protect passengers’ privacy.

Government Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said the move had ‘gone too far’.

The council says no decision has been made yet and all legal challenges will be considered at the licencing meeting.