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Police closed off part of Huddersfield Ring Road on Friday afternoon after a man in a taxi was repeatedly stabbed and left "soaked in blood."

Emergency services were called after a man was seen to jump out of the back of a taxi and repeatedly stab a man in the front passenger seat.

The victim suffered stab wounds to his legs and a defensive wound to his thumb as he tried to fight off the attack.

The knifeman fled and a police manhunt was launched. The victim ran to a nearby BMW and asked to be driven to hospital. Another motorist blocked the car.

The drama happened at traffic lights in Northgate at just after 2.30pm.

Police said the victim suffered "minor injuries." He was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch with Huddersfield CID via 101.

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Everything we know so far

This is the latest up-to-date story. As far as we’re aware the knifeman is still on the run and no arrests have been made.

Taxi driver shocked but unhurt

The VW taxi involved in the stabbing incident is operated by Huddersfield-based Ex-Service Taxis. We called the firm but they declined to comment. The driver was shocked but not hurt and police described the victim as suffering “minor” injuries.

An eyewitness claims a man was stabbed by another passenger in this VW taxi in Southgate in Huddersfield town centre.
An eyewitness claims a man was stabbed by another passenger in this VW taxi in Southgate in Huddersfield town centre.

Police statement in full

We now have a statement from West Yorkshire Police - here it is in full.

“Police were called at 14:34 to Northgate in Huddersfield to reports of a man being stabbed.

Officers were deployed along with the ambulance service and found a male with minor injuries consistent with knife wounds.

There is currently a police cordon which is causing some disruption in the surrounding area.

Enquiries remain ongoing.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Huddersfield CID via 101 quoting crime reference number 13180264684 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


Don't get caught in tailbacks

Here’s some pictures of the tailbacks in Bradford Road heading into town.

Traffic backing up on Bradford Road after earlier police incident. Pic by Carl Whitehall
Traffic backing up on Bradford Road after earlier police incident. Pic by Carl Whitehall
Traffic backing up on Bradford Road after earlier police incident
Traffic backing up on Bradford Road after earlier police incident

Traffic queues are building

It looks like there are long queues down Bradford Road heading into Huddersfield town centre. Drivers are turning around. Avoid if possible.

'Soaked in blood'

We’ve just spoken to a man in a van who saw what happened. The man said the taxi was at traffic lights on Southgate near Coral windows. As the lights turned green he saw a man get out of the back of the taxi and pull open the front passenger door and repeatedly stab a man in the front.

The victim managed to pull the door shut and the attacker ran off towards a nearby BMW, begging the driver to take him to hospital.

A car blocked in the BMW and the emergency services were called.

The man was described as being “soaked in blood” and appeared to have stab wounds to his legs and a deep, defensive wound to his thumb.

Update from our reporter at the scene

Diversions in place

A senior council highways officer, Ian Nicholson, is helping divert traffic as we approach rush hour. We’re told that traffic from Hillhouse Lane will be diverted onto Leeds Road for the foreseeable future as part of the Ring Road remains closed. It’s one to avoid.

'Man in taxi was stabbed'

Our reporter has spoken to a witness who says a taxi was stopped at traffic lights when a man got out of another car and repeatedly stabbed a man in the taxi. We’ll bring you more updates as soon as we get them.

Tweet from reporter on scene

This is the latest from our reporter Robert Sutcliffe. He says the focus seems to be on Fitzwilliam Street, which is the road that goes down towards Leeds Road between Coral Windows and the Home Town Chinese restaurant.

Ambulance on scene

There’s still an ambulance on the scene and lots of police activity.

Police close off part of Huddersfield Ring Road.
Police close off part of Huddersfield Ring Road.
Police close off Huddersfield Ring Road
Police close off Huddersfield Ring Road

The scene on Fitzwilliam Street

Reporter on the scene

Our reporter Robert Sutcliffe is on the scene. He says the police cordon is near the Home Town Chinese restaurant, and the part of the Ring Road heading towards the town centre is closed.

Pictures from the scene

We are hearing reports that someone has been stabbed or slashed and we are currently checking out what’s happened with the police.

Police incident on Bradford Road in Huddersfield
Police incident on Bradford Road in Huddersfield
Police incident on Bradford Road in Huddersfield. Pic by Liam Thorpe
Police incident on Bradford Road in Huddersfield. Pic by Liam Thorpe (Image: Liam Thorpe)