Leeds & West Yorkshire

Taxi driver critical after Leeds stabbing

A taxi driver stabbed in the neck by a passenger in Leeds is fighting for his life in hospital, police have said.

The driver, 22, was stabbed in the Belle Isle area of the city at about 1900 GMT on 5 January.

He suffered a punctured lung and severed trachea and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Police said Speedline Taxis received a call detailing the attack on Sunday evening. They are hoping the caller will get back in contact.

Possible witnesses

Det Supt Paul Taylor, from West Yorkshire Police, said: "On Sunday evening a person rang Speedline Taxis and gave very, very specific details of the attack.

"I want that person to ring back and give us more information.

"We think witnesses may have seen somebody running away. I'm sure there are lots of people on the Belle Isle estate who can give us some details."

Police believe the attacker was a white man aged between 25 and 35 with brown hair, who was wearing black jeans and a coat.

They are unable to say where the attack happened because the driver managed to drive away after the incident and contact emergency services. He was also helped by another taxi driver.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police.

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