Taxi driver beaten in Halifax speaks from his hospital bed: ‘Never again will I drive a cab’

Ambushed: Imran Ali recovering in his hospital bed
Ambushed: Imran Ali recovering in his hospital bed

A TAXI driver dragged from his cab and viciously beaten says he never wants to take another fare. Imran Ali, 29, had his leg broken in three places in the attack near Wheatley, Halifax on Friday night.

The attackers who laid into the father-of-two did not even take any money.

Speaking to the Courier from his hospital bed, Mr Ali, from Halifax, said: “I’ve been a taxi driver for seven years but this is the first time anything like this has happened.

“I don’t want to be a taxi driver again after this.” Doctors have told Mr Ali he will have to undergo an operation later this week, will not be able to stand for a month and will not be able to drive for six months.

The violent ambush happened after two men walked out in front of Mr Ali’s car, forcing him to stop, near the junction of Wood Lane and Long Lane near Larch Close.

Mr Ali, who works for Crossley’s based at Dean Clough in Halifax, said he was completing a fare at the time, and explained to the men that if they wanted a taxi then he could not help.

He said they swore at him before dragging him out of the car and beating him.

When the men ran off, Mr Ali rang 999.

Detectives say the assault was completely unprovoked and it may be that Mr Ali was just unlucky to have been driving up the road at that time.

They are urging anyone who saw the men in the area before the attack to get in touch.

They also want to hear from any other taxi drivers who may have picked up a fare in that area as they believe the men could have escaped in another taxi.

The culprits have been described as two men in their late teens or early 20s.

Anyone with information about the attack between 11.15pm and 11.30pm on Friday should call Calderdale CID via 101.

Infomration can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.