Driver slashed in knife attack terror

VICTIM: Heckmondwike taxi driver Kamran Manzoor, who was slashed in the attack. (d314b228)
VICTIM: Heckmondwike taxi driver Kamran Manzoor, who was slashed in the attack. (d314b228)

A TAXI driver was attacked with a knife by a man who tried to rob him.

Father-of-three Kamran Manzoor was left with cut arteries in his hand after the man attacked him with a knife, demanding money.

Mr Manzoor, of Hill Top Estate, Heckmondwike, picked up the man from JD’s nightclub in Morley at around 2.40am on July 1.

The man got into Mr Manzoor’s Skoda Octavia and asked to be taken to Cottingley. He then asked the driver to stop on Cottingley Drive while he went to get the fare from his house.

Mr Manzoor said: “He left his mobile phone in the car while he went to get the money.

“When he came back to the car he had changed his top – he was wearing a black t-shirt and now had a dark hoodie on. He took the knife out that was about 10 ins long and said ‘give me money’.

“I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it was happening. He tried to put the knife towards my head and as I tried to move it I cut my hand.”

The man then ran off in the direction of Dulverton Place.

Mr Manzoor said: “He ran off when he saw the blood on my hand. I think he was maybe shocked himself. There was lots of blood and I called for an ambulance and the police.”

The driver’s wife, Nazia, said: “He was in theatre for two hours and has had to have plastic surgery on his hand.

“He won’t be able to work for three months and there is little help when you’re self-employed.

“He has worked in Morley for nine years and this is the first time anything like this has happened.

“He’s scared of people now, just in case they have a knife. We all are. Even our children.”

Mr Manzoor’s boss at Local Cars in Morley is considering a one-week boycott of Cottingley following the attack, Mr Manzoor added.

He said the firm may refuse to send cars to the area to send a message that violence against its drivers was unacceptable and to encourage witnesses to come forward.

The suspect was described as white, 25-27 years old, about 6ft tall, of thin build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a pair of blue jeans, a black t-shirt with a motif on the front and he was carrying a white ‘I LOVE JD’s’ t-shirt.

Anyone with information should contact Holbeck CID via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.