Police appeal for man in “targeted attack” to come forward

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A man was assaulted by a number of males after the taxi he was travelling in was rammed by another vehicle.

Police say the incident in Batley on Tuesday evening was a “targeted attack” and the result of a disagreement between two local groups.

The taxi was travelling along Field Lane shortly after 7.20pm when it was rammed from behind.

The passenger got out and was assaulted by a number of males. The taxi was also damaged.

A black Nissan Navara pick-up, believed to be the vehicle involved in the earlier incident, was found burnt out in Lidgate Gardens, Dewsbury, around 9pm that evening.

Police are appealing for the victim and witnesses to the assault to come forward.

Detective Inspector Stef Wiseman, of Kirklees District CID, said: “This was a targeted attack against a man which we understand is connected to a disagreement between two local groups. At this stage the victim has not come forward to the police and we would urge him to do so so that this incident can be properly investigated.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who has witnessed any part of this incident; whether that be the collision and assault in Field Lane or any activity in Lidgate Gardens where the pick-up vehicle has been found. We understand that a number of people have approached the taxi driver to check on his welfare and we would urge them to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Kirklees District CID via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.