Leeds taxi driver stabbed in neck as passenger allegedly refuses to pay £3 fare

Updated: Jan 12, 2020

A Leeds taxi driver was allegedly stabbed in the neck after a customer refused to pay a £3 fare.

The driver, Jason Scherer, was working for local firm Amber Cars in the early hours of Friday morning when the incident took place. Three passengers entered the dad-of-three’s cab in Armley at around 5.30am travelling a short distance to Simpson Grove where he was allegedly attacked.

Jason’s son, Connor, took to social media to appeal for help and more information following the attack.

Connor Scherer said via social media: “He’s currently in hospital awaiting surgery... our entire family is here and is shocked by this.

“Got the call at 6am to get down to A&E and it still doesn’t feel real. Appreciate anyone who can help.”

An Amber Car’s Leeds spokesperson said: “Following an appalling stabbing incident, our thoughts are with Jason Scherer & his family.

“We are in regular contact with his family offering as much support as we can. Amber Cars wish him a speedy recovery.”

Jason’s family have since set up a gofundme fundraiser in an attempt to cover the driver's lost earnings as he recovers from the attack. The page can be found here.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed details of the incident and have launched an urgent appeal for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 13200015564 of 10/01.

Image credit: Connor Scherer

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