Po­lice re­lease pic­ture in cab­bie stab­bing in­quiry

Manchester Evening News - - THE DIARY - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI

CCTV images have been re­leased of a man po­lice want to trace af­ter a taxi driver was stabbed nine times as he sat in his car.

The driver, who has been named by his em­ploy­ers as Hos­sain Mohammed Alaud­din, is un­der­stood to have picked up his at­tacker from a Longsight take­away on Dick­en­son Road on Satur­day night.

When the taxi pulled up out­side an ad­dress on Ruskin Av­enue in Moss Side the cus­tomer be­gan to stab the driver from the back seat.

He then got out of the ve­hi­cle and fled the scene, leav­ing the driver with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Mr Alaud­din, 42, was re­port­edly found col­lapsed and bleed­ing on the street.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal, where he re­mained with se­ri­ous but not life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and have re­leased sev­eral CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in con­nec­tion to the at­tack.

Mr Alaud­din’s em­ploy­ers, Street Cars, de­scribed him as a ‘fam­ily man’ and said he has worked for the com­pany for nearly three years.

Aqeel Ar­shad, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, said: “He is lucky to be alive – to have been stabbed nine times and still be alive. His seat­belt saved him – the man was go­ing for his throat but the belt was in the way. There was a lot of blood lost, all of his in­juries are above his neck. He is a fam­ily man – he has three chil­dren, a wife and broth­ers who were all in the hos­pi­tal. It is a hard sit­u­a­tion to be in. Luck­ily he is all right. He is a re­ally nice driver, he is a nice chap.”

Hu­mara Ar­shad, the firm’s ac­counts di­rec­tor, added: “It has shaken up all of the taxi driv­ers.”

The sus­pect is de­scribed as a slim, white man, aged in his mid-20s with dark hair. At the time he was wear­ing a black coat with a black hoodie un­der­neath with the hood up.

Det Insp Geoff Machent, of GMP’s City of Manch­ester team, said: “Our thoughts re­main with the taxi driver as he re­cov­ers in hos­pi­tal.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to fol­low ex­ten­sive lines of en­quiry and are par­tic­u­larly keen to speak to the man pic­tured in con­nec­tion with this at­tack. If you saw the man pic­tured in the area around the time of the of­fence, or have any in­for­ma­tion about him, then please get in touch.”

Any­body with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact po­lice on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 2017 of 11/11/17.

A CCTV im­age re­leased by the po­lice

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