A taxi driver has been taken to hospital with head injuries after being dragged out of his cab and attacked.
The two attackers drove off in his taxi but fled on foot after crashing into a bus stop in Hinckley Road, West End, Leicester.
Police said the taxi driver was assaulted and injured at 10.05pm yesterday just minutes after the attackers had stolen a mobile phone from a man sitting in his parked car in nearby Narborough Road.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “At 10pm last night a man was sitting in his parked car on Narborough Road near Celt Street when he was threatened by two men who took his mobile phone.
“Five minutes after that at 10.05pm a taxi driver on the corner of Hinckley Road and Cranmer Street was approached by two men offering him a mobile phone.
“When he refused to buy it they dragged him out of his taxi, assaulted him and drove off in his vehicle.
“The vehicle was later found abandoned after it had been driven into a bus stop on Hinckley Road.
“The taxi driver was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he is being treated for a head injury but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.”
A local shopkeeper, who did not want to be identified, said police taped off the entrance to Cranmer Street at the junction with Hinckely Road after the incident last night.
He said: “I saw police officers with a man sort of crouched down on the pavement outside the estate agents at the top of Cranmer Street.
“He looked in a bad way. Then an ambulance came and took him away.
“Then more police cars arrived and they taped off Cranmer Road.”
Police are appealing for information about the two incidents.
Detective Sergeant Luke Wilsher said: “These incidents happened in a busy area of Leicester at 10pm on a Saturday night so there would have been lots of people around as well as motorists.
“We’d really like to speak to anyone in the area at the time who might have CCTV footage, dashcam footage or anyone who witnessed what happened.
“Did you see either of the two incidents or did you see the vehicle crashing into the bus stop?
"Did you record anything on your mobile phone that might be useful to us?
“If you know who was responsible for subjecting this taxi driver to a nasty assault then we’d like to hear from you.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 101.