Two taxi drivers were assaulted and a taxi was stolen in two brutal late-night attacks.
Two men took a taxi from Town Taxis in to Belfield Road at around 1.30am on Wednesday, July 15.
But on arriving at their destination, they threatened the driver with knives and forced him to get out of the vehicle before stealing his cash and mobile.
After an unsuccessful attempt to steal the taxi, the pair ran off in the direction of Albert Royds Street.
Shortly before 2.10am on the same night, two men got into a taxi on Brocklebank Road in Milnrow.
They suddenly told the driver to stop and demanded he hand over money before one of the men got out of the taxi, opened the driver’s door and punched him in the face.
The taxi driver got out of his vehicle and the second man cut his finger with a knife.
The men then stole the taxi, driving away in the direction of Albert Royds Street. The vehicle was later recovered in Oldham.
Two men aged 30 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of robbery and remain in police custody for questioning.
Detective Sergeant Hannah Greetham said: “Both drivers were assaulted, but thankfully their injuries are not serious. This was an extremely frightening attack for the drivers and it could have been much more serious.