Man assaulted in Battlefield taxi attack

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Police are investigating after a man was assaulted inside a taxi stopped on Battlefield Road early on Sunday morning.

The 57-year-old and his wife (also 57) were in a black hackney at around 12.40am on Sunday (February 7).

The car was stopped at traffic lights at the junction with Cathcart Road when a man opened the taxi door and struck blows to the victim with what police describe as a “heavy object”.

He ran off towards the old Victoria Infirmary while the taxi drove the couple to Cathcart police station. The injured man was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to be treated for a facial injury and later released.

The suspect is described as in his 30s, around 5ft6 or 5ft7, of slim build and with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark shirt and dark trousers.

Detective constable Ian Thomson, of Cathcart CID, said: “We are currently carrying out enquiries in the area and examining CCTV to try and gain information in what would appear to be a totally random attack with no apparent motive.

“I’d like to speak to anyone who was in the area of Battlefield Road prior to this incident taking place and may have seen the suspect hanging around the area.

“I’d also like to speak to anyone who actually witnessed the assault or who saw the suspect running off afterwards.”

Anyone with information is asked to call CID on 101.