Police said they are no longer investigating after a Hackney cab driver said he was seriously assaulted in Blackpool.

Officers were called to Whitegate Drive at 11.37pm on Wednesday March 13 to reports the driver had been stabbed in the stomach inside his vehicle. 

The man, in his 30s, was taken to hospital where he remains for treatment.

Police said they have carried out numerous enquiries, including house to house, CCTV and other lines of investigations, and are now confident that no crime had taken place and that no third party was involved in the incident. 

The investigation is now closed.

Det Insp Matthew Frith, of Blackpool Police, said: “We understand that the reports of this incident will have caused the community a great deal of concern.

"But I can reassure you that we have carried out extensive enquiries and spoken to a number of people and have reached the conclusion that this incident did not take place as described and we are no longer looking for anyone else in connection with what happened.

“I am grateful to all those who came forward with information and would like to thank the community for their co-operation and understanding while we dealt with this complex inquiry.”