It seems that one of our drivers has been viciously assaulted by a thug he had driven to Ulverston on Friday night. The thug, aged around 20, asked the driver to stop at a Bank in Ulverston on the pretext of getting some money from the cash machine to pay his fare. But he ran away, obviously having had no intention of paying the fare in the first place.
Our driver managed to catch up with him nearby but the thug then attacked him, leaving our driver badly beaten.
He suffered head and internal injuries and was detained overnight for observation at Furness General Hospital.
Police describe the attacker as male, white, approximately 20 years old, heavily built, with short dark hair and clean shaven, but of course we can add to that our opinion that he is both a thief and a coward. Let's just hope that he is caught quickly and that he gets the punishment he deserves, there really is no excuse for attacking a man like like this who after all was doing him a service.
Unfortunately I can see the day coming when drivers will ask for the fare up front before agreeing to carry passengers at night, this I know happens in some of our bigger cities, but we really shouldn't have to go down that road in what was once our safe friendly area.