New appeal as Leeds taxi driver fights for life

A taxi driver whose throat was cut by a mystery "fare" is still fighting for his life in a Leeds hospital.

While detectives are making "significant progress in their investigation into the attack on the 22-year-old in Belle Isle on Wednesday last week, they reappealed for witnesses to the stabbing and the attacker's getaway.

The victim is believed to have picked-up a man in the hour or so prior to being found in his black Skoda cab in Hopes Farm Road, Belle Isle, where his trachea was severed in the attack on the nearby Broom estate.

Though the victim has so far been too ill to speak fully to police, soon after he was found by another taxi driver, he told officers his attacker was a white man aged about 25 to 35, slim and taller than 5ft 5in with brown hair brushed forward. He wore a white jacket and black jeans.

It is believed that the cabby, who was recently married and works for Speedline Taxis, may have been in the Middleton or Belle Isle area in the hour before being stabbed, say police.

Anyone with information should ring the inquiry team on 0845 6060606.

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