TWO passengers were injured after confronting a group of yobs who threw a missile at the taxi they were travelling in.
One of the passengers, a man aged 48, suffered a suspected broken leg and facial injuries and is being treated in the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, following the incident at the junction of Oxford Road and Dorset Street, in Hartlepool.
The second victim, a 23-year-old man, suffered minor facial injuries following the attack.
Police are appealing for information after the assault, which happened at around 8.40pm on Friday, February 28.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The two men were in a taxi along with a woman when something hit the taxi window.
“The two men got out of the taxi when they were confronted by four men and an altercation took place.”
The four suspects are described as white males, with three aged in their 20s and one in his 50s.
The first is described as of skinny build, around 5ft 6in tall, with short dark hair, clean shaven and was said to be wearing a blue t-shirt and dark blue trousers.
The second is described as being aged 20 to 30, around 5ft 6in tall and unkempt.
The third man is said to have been in his mid-20s with short dark hair and around 6ft 6in tall.
The fourth suspect is described as being 50 to 60, of stocky build with wrinkles on his face and short dark brown hair.
Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to call PC Diane Lee, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.