A TAXI driver has hit out at the treatment he received after an attack left him with a broken cheekbone.
Dad-of-three Rizwan Khan, 30, was hit with a glass bottle as he got out of his car to collect a customer from the Wykebeck Arms, in Selby Road, Leeds, last Saturday.
Mr Khan, who works for a Leeds cab firm, claims a passing police car refused to stop when a customer tried to flag it down and that an officer later told him police had to consider their own safety before deciding whether to respond to incidents.
He said: “I’d just got out of the car when I heard a shout telling me to get back in.
“I turned round to see who it was and was hit across the face with a bottle then jumped on by two men.
“The landlord helped me into my car and I drove to St James’s Hospital.
“I wasn’t really in a fit state to do that but I wanted to get away, I was scared for my life.
“While I was waiting at the hospital I spoke to a policewoman on duty there.
“She knew about the attack and when I asked why the patrol car didn’t stop she said, ‘we have to look after our own safety’.
“I’m not one to go out looking for someone to blame but I’m angered by the way I was treated.
“I’m going to take this further, because I wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone else.”
Mr Khan, of Lockwood Avenue, Mirfield, said the incident had made him frightened to carry on with his job.
He said: “I’ve a wife and kids to provide for but I’m scared to go back out there now.”
West Yorkshire Police made no comment on Mr Khan’s claims about the patrol car or the officer’s alleged comment to him.
Following the attack, police arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly. He was bailed pending further enquiries.
Contact Stainbeck CID on the non-emergency number 101.