A taxi driver said he suffered this horrific injury after a brick was thrown through his cab window. The 55-year-old, who asked not to be named, said he was struck to the side of his face with the brick after it smashed through his passenger side window on 30 October.
That night was Mischief Night and it saw a massive spike in antisocial behaviour, with a number of buses, cars and houses targeted by yobs across Merseyside, prompting Mayor Joe Anderson to send out a warning to parents.
The brick attack caused the injured dad to crash his taxi into railings near Belle Vale Shopping Centre at around 7pm.
His daughter said her dad, who spent time in hospital, was knocked unconscious in the attack and can only remember being shaken awake by a stranger who came to help.
The 22-year-old, from Mossley Hill, told the Liverpool Echo: “When I first saw him I was crying and in total shock. He can’t remember what happened but the woman who helped him said she saw a group of kids and it was they who threw the brick.
“It is horrible what they have done.”
The injured dad, who has only been a taxi driver for a year, had to undergo a CT scan and then go to St Paul’s eye hospital for tests, but is now home.
His daughter added: “It is so swollen and he can’t see out of it at all. He was in a lot of pain and had to be given morphine at hospital.
“Thankfully they don’t think there is any permanent damage but my mum said how much worse it could have been. He could have crashed into another car or person, thankfully he just crashed into railings and he didn’t have any passengers in his taxi.”
The family said they reported the incident to police but were unable to give any descriptions of those responsible.
The daughter added: “They need to be found because we think whoever it is will do it again.
“I think it is unsafe for my dad to be driving now after this. These kids think it is a joke but they don’t realise it is not just the physical harm they have done.
“My dad can’t work now and has been told it will be quite a while until he can again. He will also have to pay to fix his taxi that was damaged in the crash.”