Glasgow & West Scotland

Dumbarton taxi driver stabbed by passenger

A taxi driver is recovering at home after being stabbed by a passenger in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire.

The 49-year-old man picked up a male passenger in the town's Muir Street at 2200 GMT on Wednesday.

When he asked for the fare at 2205 GMT outside the Clipper Bar in High Street, the man attacked him with a knife.

The taxi driver sustained minor injuries during what police described as a "cowardly attack". Officers have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

The suspect was last seen running off in the direction of Castle Street after the attack.

He is described as white, in his 20s, about 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall and spoke with a local accent.

He was wearing either pink or red gloves, a baseball cap and a hooded top that covered his head.

Following the attack, the driver made his way to the Vale Of Leven Hospital, Dumbarton, where he was treated for injuries to his hand.

Det Con Martin Davies, of Strathclyde Police, said: "This was a deplorable and cowardly attack. Somebody is trying to make a living and to have been subjected to such a frightening ordeal is appalling.

"I would appeal to anyone that was in the vicinity of Muir Street around 2200 hours last night and may have seen the suspect to contact us. Any information on where he had been would be helpful."

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