A community is in shock after a man sustained injuries following an attack while he was in his vehicle.

Police are appealing for witnesses regarding the incident in Ulverston on saturday night, which they have said they are treating as an attempted robbery of the victim.

It took place at about 10.20pm in the area of The Gill and Stanley Street, before the attackers then reportedly fled along Upper Brook Street.

Nothing was stolen, but the man suffered minor injuries.

David Webster, Ulverston councillor for the town ward, said: “It is a terrible thing to have happened. It is just a mindless attack.

“Normally it is the taxi drivers who are targeted in this way and it is not something we want in this town.

“I have not been contacted by any residents in regard to this issue currently.”

Police have not confirmed whether it was a taxi driver that was attacked.

Residents in the area reported hearing some shouting and disturbance as well as some flashing lights around the time of the incident, but they said that this was not uncommon after the pubs shut in the area.

One resident said: “I heard some shouting and some form of police activity. However, we didn’t look out to see what was happening as there is usually shouting and noise after the pubs shut.”

The Stanley Street area is just outside Ulverston town centre and would be a route used for local people to walk home.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident 261 of October 24.