A taxi driver has been caught doing speeds of up to 89 miles per hour - with a passenger on board! The Birmingham Mail reports that Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) speed cameras picked up the cabbie driving almost double the 50mph speed limit. A spokesman shared a photograph of the speed camera and tweeted: “The view from the speed gun today on the A38M Aston Expressway, 45 drivers reported for exceeding the 50mph limit in just an hour, the highest was 89 ... a taxi with a fare on board! “At 89mph a crossover collision impact speed would be close to 140, it would be devastating.”


A PH driver who was jailed for assaulting a woman and children over eight years has been stripped of his licence. According to the Glasgow Times, Iftikhar Sharif was convicted of six charges at Paisley Sheriff Court and locked up for 340 days in January. Glasgow licensing chiefs have now banned him from driving PHVs after a complaint from Police Scotland. An officer told the council’s licensing committee how the PH driver, from Paisley, had repeatedly kicked and punched his victims. His licence had been granted in March 2020 for three years. It was initially suspended in March 2021 and has now been suspended for the unexpired portion by the committee. The incidents took place between October 2010 and February 2019, the police officer said. He asked for the licence to be suspended due to “serious concerns for public safety”. Bailie John Kane, who was chairing the licensing committee, said: “This has been a rather shocking series of events covering a fairly substantial period of time, involving a fair amount of violence, particularly towards females.” Bailie Malcolm Balfour described the incidents as “quite horrendous”. “To me, it’s an open and shut case,” he said. “Anyone who is violent at any level, particularly to women in this day and age, it just beggars belief.” Sharif had assaulted a young girl by “repeatedly punching and kicking her in the body”, the committee heard. He had also punched and kicked a woman and was found guilty of shouting, swearing, and throwing plates and food around. Licensing chiefs also heard Sharif had repeatedly struck a boy “in the body with his open palm”. As a result of the convictions, Sharif has a non-harassment order for six years to refrain him from approaching or contacting four people in any way. He has also been banned from entering an address in Paisley and one in Glasgow.



A cabbie has lost his job after police discovered 18 bags of cocaine inside his home. According to ChronicleLive, officers found the class A drugs when they searched Kenneth Phillipson’s address in North Shields on October 16 last year. The 50-year-old immediately confessed that the cocaine was inside a tin and that it was for his own personal use, a court heard. Phillipson, who was working as a self-employed taxi driver at the time, was arrested and admitted that he used the drug “once a week”. Now the cabbie has been fined £200 after he pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. Kash Khan, defending, said Phillipson, who has seven offences on his record, had since lost his job as a taxi driver after his licence was revoked following his arrest. Mr Khan added: “This is a man who very infrequently uses cocaine and tends to store it in his house.” As well as the fine, Phillipson was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.


A taxi driver who bugged his ex-wife’s home and snooped in her personal papers has been ordered by a court to move out of the area and change his job. According to the York Press, Neil Andrew Smith, 59, was so “obsessed” with her, he ruined her mother’s funeral and lurked around her house at midnight dressed in black with his hood up. He listened in to her private conversations and got her phone and rummaged through its contents. His actions were part of a 20-month stalking campaign against her during which he also haunted her street, repeatedly driving down it and looking up at the house. Police warned him off, but Smith continued to stalk her. “What you did to your former partner was a form of mental cruelty,” the Recorder of York, told him. “I cannot think of anything so low,” the judge told York Crown Court. He gave Smith six months to prove that he shouldn’t go to jail by moving to a home at least two miles away from her, changing jobs and not going to her street or contacting her. The judge warned: “I cannot see how on earth you can keep a taxi licence with a conviction for stalking a woman.” Smith, from York, pleaded guilty to stalking. He will be sentenced in October.

MAY 2021

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