Oldham Taxi driver stabbed & robbed

Police are investigating after a taxi driver was robbed and stabbed in Oldham.

At 2.35am on Wednesday 5 February 2014, a taxi driver went to Dunkerley Street in Oldham to collect a fare.

Two men got in the taxi and asked to be taken to Sholver. As the taxi parked up on Pearly Bank in Sholver, the two men attacked the driver with a knife and stole cash from him.

The driver suffered wounds to his neck and hands which are not life threatening however he remains in hospital for treatment.

The men are described as white and in their early 20s. One has light coloured hair and was wearing dark clothing. He is described as being of medium build and medium height. The other man wore a black jacket with his hood up. Both spoke with a local accent.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses.

Inspector Alan Humphries said: “It is apparent that there have been other acts of violence and anti social behaviour directed against taxi drivers in Oldham. Cars have been pelted with stones and eggs while some have been robbed as in this case. Fortunately the man was not seriously hurt but he has suffered some nasty cuts to his hands.

“We will investigate all of these offences rigorously and every effort is being made to bring offenders to justice. If you have any information about these offences I would ask that you speak to police.

“We are working with Oldham Council and other partners to prevent further offences and to ensure that taxi drivers, who provide a valuable public service, can go about their daily business in peace.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8927 or call 101. Alternatively, you can provide information to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.