Detectives have launched an investigation after a taxi driver was robbed at knifepoint in Burnley today.
Police officers were called around 12.40am to Colne Road after a report that a driver had been attacked.
The victim, a man in his 50s, from Nelson, had been called from a withheld number to a fare on Heath Street.
The cabbie picked up a man who started directing him to a number of streets before the driver stopped the car on Earl Street.
The man grabbed the driver around the neck and held a knife to this throat demanding cash. He demanded his money bag, containing £200, before grabbing it and making off from the scene in the direction of Nelson.
The attacker is described as Asian, 5ft 10in tall, wearing a dark coloured hooded jacket, dark coloured scarf covering his nose and mouth and dark coloured trousers.
The victim’s money bag is described as a black and red River Island money bag, with a black strap and red stripe on the side.
Detectives are appealing for information following the incident. Det Insp Joanne Williams, of Burnley CID, said: “This was a shocking and vicious robbery which has left the victim very shaken.