A taxi driver helped save the life of a man who was stabbed EIGHT times in his cab.
Naveed Mubashar, from Manchester, has received a police award for his actions on the night when he was called to pick up two passengers from an address in Blackley .
At the end of the journey one of the passengers got out of the cab, while the other man stayed in to pay the fare.
Naveed, 33, noticed a car pull up behind his vehicle and saw five men get out.
The man who had left the taxi saw the group of men and started to run away.
One member of the group ran up to the taxi and then stabbed the remaining passenger, who fell back onto the seat.
Naveed raced to the nearest hospital with the man bleeding in the back seat, knowing there was not time to call an ambulance.
When he arrived at the hospital he saw the other man who had been chased by the group arrive in an ambulance.
Naveed waited for three hours at the hospital and assisted police with the investigation, in-cluding giving up his vehicle for forensic tests.
He said: “I realised that I needed to get the man to hospital as soon as possible, I knew there was no time to call for an ambulance, it would have taken too long, he was losing so much blood.
“I kept him talking the whole time, I didn’t want him to lose consciousness but by the time we got to the hospital, he had passed out.”
Naveed added: “I am a tough guy, but to go through something like this, it doesn’t matter how tough you are, it affects you. It’s always in the back of my mind that I was so close to this man, I was inches away from him, I could have been next.
“I had a few weeks off to recover, but I’m back at work now and I’m doing fine. The whole thing has definitely left a mark on my brain, I won’t ever forget it.”
Mr Hopkins said: “Naveed was put in such a difficult position, wanting to help his injured passenger but at the same time not wanting to put himself in danger, there is no knowing how a situation like this is going to turn out, thank goodness he wasn’t injured too.
“Naveed’s actions helped to save this man’s life, not many people would have kept their calm the way he did. Well done Naveed.”
The victims declined to support a police investigation and no people have been arrested for the crime.