Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after a taxi driver had his jaw broken by a man who tried to make off in his vehicle in Belfast city centre.
The taxi driver was left needing surgery following what officers say was a “completely unprovoked and cowardly attack on a man who was simply out earning his living”.
The incident happened at about 3.30am on Monday in the High Street area.
PSNI Detective Inspector McDonnell said: "We are releasing an image today of a man who we believe may be able to assist us with our enquiries.
“A male taxi driver was seriously assaulted by an unknown male as he stood beside his taxi. The attacker then got into the taxi and attempted to drive off in it.
“Unable to start the car, however, the male was forced to flee the area on foot in the direction of Royal Avenue.”
DI McDonnell added: “We have been carrying out various enquiries since the incident and by releasing this image today we hope to progress our enquiries further.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.