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Last Updated: Friday, 15 October, 2004, 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
Taxi driver stabbed in face
Taxi depot
Injured driver managed to return to depot after being attacked
The owner of a County Armagh taxi firm which had a driver stabbed believes the attacker meant to kill his employee.

The taxi driver was attacked by a passenger at Parkmore Avenue in Lurgan at about 2145 BST on Thursday.

Jim Roycroft, who owns Check Cabs, said the attacker made no demand for money but stabbed the driver in the face with a knife after asking him to pull the cab over to the side of the road.

The driver was badly injured but struggled with his attacker who fled on foot.

The injured man was able to make his way back to the taxi depot where another driver, who was a former nurse, administered first aid.

He was then taken to hospital where he is still being treated.

Police said they were keeping an open mind as to the motive for the attack.

They are appealing for witnesses to contact them tel: 028 9065 0222 or Crimestoppers tel: 0800 555111.

BBC NI's Gordon Adair reports:
"Despite his injuries, the driver struggled with his attacker"

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