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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:03 am 
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Police appeal after Swindon taxi driver stabbed in leg and torso

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A TAXI driver was stabbed in the leg and his torso after the group he was taking home from an Old Town nightclub became abusive.

Detectives are hunting the man said to be responsible for the shocking attack in the early hours in Park North on Saturday.

Police said the driver had picked up two men and a woman from Suju nightclub, Old Town, shortly before 5.30am and was asked to take them to Park North.

As the vehicle drove along Dawlish Road, the three suspects became abusive to the driver and he ended the fare.

Following an argument, one of the men stabbed the driver before all three ran off in the direction of Radstock Avenue.

The taxi driver was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol but was released the same day. He suffered minor slash wounds to his leg and torso.

Appealing for witnesses, Det Sgt Adrian Bray said: "This was an unprovoked attack on someone who was simply doing his job. Luckily, the injuries he sustained were not serious - it could have been very different due to the violent nature of the attack.

"I would like to reassure our communities that we believe we know who the offenders are and our enquiries to locate them are continuing.

"I would appeal for anyone who was in the Dawlish Road area of Swindon yesterday morning who may have seen this incident or anyone who might have any further information, to contact us immediately."

Warning from Swindon cabbies after minicab driver stabbed by irate clubber

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MINICAB drivers could stop picking up from some clubs.

That's the warning from the head of Swindon Drivers' Association after a minicab driver was slashed by a clubber in the early hours.

The 40-year-old was stabbed in the torso and leg on Saturday morning by a man he had picked up from outside Suju nightclub minutes earlier. Detectives described the assault as an "unprovoked attack on someone who was simply doing his job", but said the man's injuries were not as serious as they could have been.

Following the attack, drivers in the town said the attack had left the worried.

Rana Khan of the Swindon Drivers’ Association added: “We want to provide the service in the mornings but everyone’s a little apprehensive about this now because this has happened. The CCTV is so expensive to put in.

“If this keeps happening the possibility is we don’t pick up from certain places.

“Drivers are worried about it, obviously. We’ve got to make a living and put food on the table.”

Andy Lucas, of the Swindon Taxi Association, which represents those who drive hackney carriages, pointed to a rise in violence nationally: “Drivers are very vulnerable when they’re going out late at night to deserted housing estates and streets with very little protection.

“Due to the nature of the time and location it would be very difficult to get an effective response from the police in sufficient time.”

Anyone who witnessed the Dawlish Road stabbing or has information about those responsible should call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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“Due to the nature of the time and location it would be very difficult to get an effective response from the police in sufficient time.”


I take it that's spin for we don't have any officers on duty that time of night :sad:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:13 pm 
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The CCTV is so expensive to put in.

Ask the fella who was stabbed if he thinks that now?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:48 am 
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‘Help pay for CCTV’ cabbies ask Swindon council after stabbing

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After a minicab driver was stabbed at the weekend in Swindon, some drivers are calling for help with the cost of CCTV in their cars.

Rana Khan, the chairman of the Swindon Drivers’ Association, which represents private house vehicle drivers, says that Swindon Borough Council should help his members out with the costs.

Other drivers, including those of hackney carriages, those cabs which can be picked up from a rank on the street, tended to agree.

Mike Thatcher, who was operating from a rank outside Swindon railway station said: “The council are bringing in that we have to have CCTV in the cars as part of the licensing condition. It may be coming that we can’t operate without it.”

And Mr Thatcher had a suggestion about how the cost might be managed: “Perhaps the borough council can buy the equipment and install it - and we the drivers can rent it off them. That would get round the worry of having to maintain it. If you have to have it then if it’s not working you won’t be able to drive - but if you’re renting it form the council, then they’d be able to fix it for you. But we’d still be paying for it.”

Another driver John said: "I’m not in favour of cctv in the first place. I think there’s an invasion of privacy issue. If you’re going to have it, then it’ll have to be on all the time- so if I take my wife shopping, it will be on and I don’t think that’s right.

“If drivers are going to be made to have CCTV installed, then I think the council should help to pay for it. There are a lot of areas where taxpayers’ money is wasted, all sorts of thing - this would be about actually keeping people safe and stopping crime. But overall I’m not in favour of it.”

Officers from Swindon Borough Council and taxi firms and drivers have been in negotiations over whether to make cameras mandatory in all Swindon’s taxis and private hire vehicles.

Kathryn Ashton, licensing manager at Swindon Borough Council, said: “We want mandatory cameras in taxis and private hire cars to have a policy put in place with time-zone conditions.

“There will be a consultation process to allow everyone the opportunity to speak and voice their concern.

“If this decision is passed there will be clear guidelines of what is acceptable, and a document will be created on approved fitters for the drivers.”

She added: “In theory this will reduce investigations for the licensing committee due to the passenger and driver both knowing the car is fitted with CCTV cameras.”

The cost to drivers would be about £600 for the equipment to be fitted.

Other licensing authorities around the country such as Sheffield, Rochdale and Southampton have already made in-car CCTV mandatory.

A Swindon Borough Council spokesman said: “This policy is currently out for consultation and a final decision will not be made until it is brought before the Licensing Committee later in the year.

"The function of licensing is to protect the public and this measure is being considered because it will protect both taxi drivers and their customers.

“As the cameras will be installed in private vehicles, it is not recommended that they be bought using public funds.”

Police are still appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information about the stabbing of a driver in Swindon on Saturday morning. The 40-year-old driver picked up a woman and two men from Suju nightclub in Old Town just before 5.30am on Saturday and was taking them to Park North.

After an argument, the driver stopped the journey in Dawlish Road, at which point one of the men stabbed the driver in the leg and the trio ran off in the direction of Radstock Road.

Anyone with any imformation about the assault should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:54 am 
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And Mr Thatcher had a suggestion about how the cost might be managed: “Perhaps the borough council can buy the equipment and install it - and we the drivers can rent it off them. That would get round the worry of having to maintain it. If you have to have it then if it’s not working you won’t be able to drive - but if you’re renting it form the council, then they’d be able to fix it for you. But we’d still be paying for it.”

I know £600 is a reasonable sum of money, but he makes it sound like he's being asked to buy a moon launcher.

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Kathryn Ashton, licensing manager at Swindon Borough Council, said: “We want mandatory cameras in taxis and private hire cars to have a policy put in place with time-zone conditions.

“There will be a consultation process to allow everyone the opportunity to speak and voice their concern.

“If this decision is passed there will be clear guidelines of what is acceptable, and a document will be created on approved fitters for the drivers.”

She added: “In theory this will reduce investigations for the licensing committee due to the passenger and driver both knowing the car is fitted with CCTV cameras.”


Exactly the same quote as used in a piece about CCTV in Swindon a year ago, when they were talking about an eight-week consultation period :-s

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:12 pm 
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The cost to drivers would be about £600 for the equipment to be fitted.

Rubbish.

That said I'm quite certain a local outlet will rent a good system for about £20 a month.

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