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MERSEYSIDE PH DRIVER VIDEOS PASSENGERS DOING DRUG DEAL IN THE BACK OF HIS CAR


A private hire driver has shared footage of a ‘drug deal’ taking place in the back of his car and says this is “a regular occurrence” while picking up fares across Merseyside. The taxi driver, who has asked not to be named, said he captured the footage three weeks ago while out driving in his PHV in Kensington, Liverpool. He told the Liverpool Echo: “I picked the guy up in Botanic Road and they said to take him to the Kensington area. “A girl jumped in and he told me to drive around five minutes and then drop the girl off and later him at the


same place. I didn’t know what was going on then I heard the conversation and they used the slang ‘charlie’ He also says that he has noticed, since starting driving PHVs six months ago,


that several fares he has picked up appear to be dealing drugs in the back of his vehicle. He said: “My reaction was surprise at how openly they’d do that but it does happen regularly. “Once or twice a day I could smell the weed or I hear some code conversa- tions. It’s happening every day 24 hours a day, anytime, “I could write a book about what I’ve seen. Something needs to be done about it.” The footage has been sent to Merseyside Police.


CALLS FOR TAXI DRIVER CRAWLEY MAYOR TO RESIGN AFTER FIGHT VIDEO SHARED


A newly-elected Labour mayor was filmed brawling with a cabbie in a road rage row in the middle of the road. Cllr Shahzad Abbas Malik, also a part- time taxi driver, is facing calls to resign after foot-


age of him fighting with another driver emerged. The pair were seen throwing punches and pushing each other to the ground in the tussle which took place on a busy roundabout junction in Crawley town centre. Crawley’s Conservative group has called for the No Confidence vote in Mr Malik after the clip was widely circulated on social media. Crawley councillor and Conservative Group leader, Duncan Crow is spear- heading calls for him to resign. “That behaviour is totally incompatible with being the Mayor of Crawley,” he said. Cllr Crow has put forward a Notice of Motion which is to be heard at an


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Extraordinary Full Council meeting. The proposal, emailed to council officials by Cllr Crow and seconded by Cllr Kevan McCarthy, reads: “This council expresses no confidence in the mayor and seeks his immediate resignation.” Despite the damning video the mayor, a father of three, has continued to carry out his duties, despite calls for him to step down from his post. The Argus spoke to Mayor Abbas Malik who would neither confirm nor deny he was one of the men involved. “I can’t comment while there’s a police investigation,” he said. “Once that has concluded, all relevant parties will issue a statement.” The brawl, which took place on the afternoon of Monday, July 19, began after the taxi driver cut across the mayor’s lane. A witness said: “The cabbie tried to cut across his lane and they wound down their windows and started screaming at each other. It just escalated from there, nobody wanted to get involved because it looked personal. “It didn’t last long and they just got


back into their cabs and drove off, screaming at each other in the end.” Sussex Police revealed on 27 July, that one man was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm but was later released on conditional bail while enquiries continue. It’s not clear which of the two men was arrested. Cllr Malik was elected Mayor on May 28, and had been the Deputy Mayor since May 2019. A Crawley BC spokesperson said: “This incident continues to be investigated by Sussex Police, who have advised us that it is not appropriate to comment on a live investigation.”


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