A taxi driver has been left traumatised after he was robbed and assaulted by two passengers while driving them down the M65.
Mohammed Arif, who works for Darwen based taxi firm, picked up two men from the Bridgewater Pub in the centre of the town intending to drop them in Accrington.
Halfway down the motorway near Whitebirk, one of the passengers punched Mr. Arif several times in the back of the head, causing the terrified Driver to pull over onto the hard shoulder. The Driver was then again punched and grabbed by the throat.
The Driver said: “I got hit in the back of the head and stopped the car and one man got out and we had words, and he grabbed me and then he ran off. Mr. Arif said there was about £80 in cash taken from his cab and he has since been left traumatised by the incident.
The Driver didn’t go to work for three days because of the extreme shock. He has recovered now but doesn’t want to take any more jobs from any pubs.
A spokesperson for the police said: “A taxi driver had been assaulted while driving on the motorway. One of the men has made off on the motorway while the other had been dropped off in the Blackburn area. Anyone with any information that could help the police should call 101 quoting log number 0819 of September 17.