VIDEO: Bradford taxi driver and operator attacked in their office by thug with iron bar

A Bradford minicab firm has released CCTV footage of their driver and switchboard operator being viciously attacked by a thug with an iron bar.

The perpetrator burst into Ace Budget Cars on Thornton Road and battered both workers inside, leaving one with a cracked skull and possible brain injuries.

West Yorkshire Police are now hunting for the hooded thug who is believed to have fled the scene in a car.

Abbas Yasin, 25. [Image: Telegraph & Argus]
Abbas Yasin, 25, has been left with potentially long-term injuries.

The attacker struck just before midnight last Sunday when Mr Yasin and driver Waqaas Mohammad, 30, were the only staff members in the office.

This CCTV footage which has been passed on to police, shows how the attack took place.

Mr Yasin has since undergone an eight-hour operation to remove fragments of bone from his brain and is described as “conscious but confused”. His chances of a full recovery are unclear.

The minicab office was closed for around 12 hours after the attack while forensics officers gathered evidence.

Detective Inspector Alan Weekes, of Bradford District CID, said: “Police were called to premises in Thornton Road at about 12.02am on Monday to a report of an assault where a weapon was alleged to have been used.

“Officers attended and found a man in his 20s with a serious head injury.

“He was taken to hospital for further treatment for the injury, which is not believed to be life threatening.

“Following inquiries at the scene it was established that a second man had suffered less serious injuries and had attended hospital for treatment.

“The suspect is described as a man in a blue hooded top and it is thought he arrived and left the scene in a white two-door vehicle.

“Inquiries are continuing and anyone who may be able to assist the investigation is asked to contact Bradford District CID, quoting crime reference 13170361730.

“Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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