Lancashire taxi driver hospitalised with life-changing injuries after "nasty" roadside attack

A taxi driver has been left with potentially life-changing injuries after being attacked in Colne on Tuesday (February 9).

By Matthew Calderbank
Thursday, 11th February 2021, 11:53 am
Updated Thursday, 11th February 2021, 12:00 pm

Police say the taxi driver was attacked after reports of a crash in Ruskin Avenue at around 7.45pm.

But when officers attended they found a man, aged in his 60s, had been assaulted and had suffered serious neck injuries.

Officers believe the taxi driver was punched to the ground and then attacked by a man and a woman.

Officers are appealing for information after a taxi driver was left with potentially life-changing injuries following an assault in Colne at around 7.45pm last night (Tuesday, February 9)

Following the assault, the pair are believed to have entered a home nearby.

The taxi driver was taken to hospital and his injuries have been described as "extremely serious". He remains in a serious but stable condition.

No arrests have been made at this stage but Lancashire Police said "enquiries are very much ongoing".

The force is now appealing for anyone with information or dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage to get in touch.

Officers are also particularly keen to speak to two cyclists who stopped and helped moved the victim from the roadside, as well as those drivers who were passing the scene at the time.

Insp Andy Ainsworth, of Pendle Police, said: "This is a particularly nasty attack which has left a man with extremely serious injuries and my thoughts are with him and his family at this time.

“I know this incident will have caused a lot of concern in the community, particularly for taxi drivers, and I would like to reassure everyone that there are a number of officers working on this investigation to identify those responsible.

"I would like to reassure the public that we are taking this incident incredibly seriously and we have increased patrols and the number of police vehicles in the area.

“We are now asking for anyone who has information which could assist our investigation to come forward.”

Anybody with information about this incident is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1192 of February 9.

Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.