A taxi driver from Crumpsall has been awarded for helping to save a man who was stabbed eight times.
Naveed Mubashar received a Chief Constable’s commendation after his quick actions helped save the life of a man brutally attacked in his taxi.
Naveed, 33, was called to pick up two passengers from an address in Blackley on the night of the attack.
At the end of the journey, one passenger got out of the vehicle while the other stayed to pay the fare.
Naveed noticed a car pull up behind his vehicle, from which five men then emerged.
The man who had left the taxi saw the group of men and ran off immediately.
One of the men ran towards the taxi and stabbed the passenger, who fell back onto the seat.
The passenger was then stabbed a further seven times in both his arms and legs.
Naveed said: “As soon as I saw the car and five men get out, I knew something bad was going to happen.
“I just didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t get out of my vehicle, he could easily have stabbed me too.
“I shouted ‘stop it, you’ve done it now, leave him alone!’
“He eventually stopped and ran off with the rest of the group after the other man who had been in my taxi”.
Naveed realised there was no time to wait for an ambulance but he needed to get the man to hospital quickly.
“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 waited for three hours at the hospital – assisting the police with their investigations and giving up his vehicle for forensic tests.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins presented Naveed with the award.
He said: “Naveed’s actions helped to save this man’s life, not many people would have kept their calm the way he did”.
Unfortunately, nobody was arrested for this crime.