THIEVES pulled a taxi driver from his cab, beat him with sticks, then drove away in his car.
The driver had gone to pick up a fare from Dodge Holme Drive in Mixenden, Halifax, just after 10pm on Sunday night when he was attacked by two men.
They drove his Skoda Octavia to Turner Avenue South in Illingworth where it was involved in an accident and was set on fire.
The victim suffered minor injuries.
Detectives say they are looking for two white men and believe people who live in the area will have seen what happened.
Anyone who can help should call Calderdale CID on 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.