Police investigating a series of attacks on taxi drivers have charged a man.

Between September 21 and October 4, a mixture of bleach and ammonia was thrown over four drivers on the same housing estate in Watford.

Two of the four drivers were also robbed of cash with incidents taking place in Harris Road, Gullet Wood Road, Orbital Crescent, and Rushton Avenue.

All four drivers, who were targeted on separate days, were taken to hospital as a precaution.

One of the drivers is still receiving treatment for his eyes.

After one man was charged in connection with the attacks, Watford chief inspector Ian Grout said: "We know that these incidents were understandably frightening for the victims, resulting in uncertainty for the town’s taxi driver community.

"They have given us fantastic support in our investigation and we hope this result has provided them with much-needed reassurance, because everyone deserves to feel safe while at work.

"All the affected drivers were taken to hospital as a precaution but one is still receiving treatment for injuries to his eyes, which could sadly affect his livelihood. Our enquiries have since established that the liquid was a mixture of bleach and ammonia."

  • Reggie Sime, 19, of Notte Street, Plymouth, Devon has been charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, and four counts of possession of an offensive weapon (a corrosive substance). He has been remanded in custody ahead of a court date yet to be scheduled.
  • A 40-year-old man from Watford and a 19-year-old man from Stevenage were previously both arrested on suspicion of robbery. Police say they are subject to strict bail conditions and are due to attend Watford police station on October 27.
  • A 15-year-old boy from Watford was also arrested in connection with the investigation and was released under investigation while enquiries continue.