Gang of youths kick and punch taxi driver in Halifax attack

Calderdale transport'Taxi queue on Market Street, Halifax
Calderdale transport'Taxi queue on Market Street, Halifax

A taxi driver suffered a large gash above his eye after being attacked by a gang of youths who had been throwing stones at his car in Calderdale.

The cabbie was working on Ovenden Way at around 9.15pm on Wednesday, February 22, when a stone was thrown at his taxi causing a crack in the windscreen. 

A large group of youths continued to throw stones at the vehicle and when he got out of his car, they began to punch and kick him.  

Several similar incidents of stones being thrown against taxi drivers have also been reported in the Illingworth and Ovenden areas. 

Sergeant Darren Bedford, of Calderdale Police, said: “This incident resulted in a man receiving a minor injury, but it could have easily had more serious consequences.  

“Throwing stones or any objects at cars is highly dangerous and it could led to an incident or collision resulting in serious injury or worse. 

“We have increased patrols in the area and we are in the process of identifying the suspects. We also have spoken to other taxi drivers who have suffered similar attacks. 

“I would urge anyone who is targeted in this way to report the incidents to the police as soon as you can, and provide us with as much information as possible to help identify the perpetrators. 

“I would also ask if drivers have seen these attacks being carried out and have dashcam footage of the incidents, to please get in touch.” 

Anyone who has witnessed any incidents of this nature or has any information on those carrying out the assaults should contact Calderdale Police on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.