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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:11 am 
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62-year-old Port Talbot woman arrested after row over no 'Pakistani' taxi drivers comment

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wale ... t-16653243

She has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence

A woman has been arrested by police in connection with a row over comments that a taxi firm wouldn't employ 'Pakistani' drivers.

South Wales Police confirmed a 62-year-old woman from Port Talbot had been arrested on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public order offence.

It was earlier this week that taxi firm Cardy Cabs was at the centre of controversy after the comments were made on social media.

In a Facebook post that has since been deleted the firm, based in Sandfields, Port Talbot, stated it did not want to employ “foreign drivers,” saying “no P***s.”

Screenshots were taken before the comments were deleted.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said on Friday: “South Wales Police has arrested a 62-year-old woman from Port Talbot for a racially aggravated public order offence following an inappropriate comment made on Facebook earlier this week.

“We take such matters seriously and we are working alongside Neath Port Talbot Council to support the local community.”

This week the owners of the firm claimed they had received death threats and people were throwing eggs at their cars.

In response to the row, a Neath Port Talbot Council spokesman condemned the taxi firm's comments.

It added: "The individual in question does not hold any licences with this authority, hence we are unable to take formal action."

South Wales Police said at the time they were also taking the complaints seriously, adding: "We are investigating both complaints re the original Facebook comments and also allegations of threatening behaviour.

"South Wales Police would like to remind the public that use of social media carries responsibilities. Before posting comments, it is advisable to consider what impact those comments will have on other people and whether the post could be breaking the law."


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:33 am 
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A lesson to all who post comments that can offend people.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:40 pm 
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grandad wrote:
A lesson to all who post comments that can offend people.



people can be offended these days by almost anything the only way to not offend is to avoid all social media the difference in this case is she used words that are considered very offensive by some people

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:26 am 
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It doesn't matter if she deleted the comments before anyone screenshot them, the Police and local Authorities have full and open access to Facebook and all other social media platforms meaning, they can dig photos out anyone has deleted years ago.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:29 pm 
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Nidge2 wrote:
It doesn't matter if she deleted the comments before anyone screenshot them, the Police and local Authorities have full and open access to Facebook and all other social media platforms meaning, they can dig photos out anyone has deleted years ago.

Nothing is ever really deleted.

It's always out there, just waiting for a some clever geek to dig it out.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:43 pm 
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For what it's worth, this is a statement from the council about the incident:


Statement on local taxi firm incident

26 July 2019

https://www.npt.gov.uk/1410?pr_id=6260

Last weekend Neath Port Talbot Council became aware of comments made by a local resident on social media platforms which suggested a local taxi firm was proposing to actively discriminate against the recruitment of people from a Pakistani background.

The Council took a number of immediate actions which included checking whether there were grounds to revoke the licences held by people involved with the company concerned and ensuring police were aware of the incident, liaising with police at all times.

The Council has also issued several statements this week condemning the behaviour and also confirming that the person who has made the repugnant and racist comments is not a licence holder.

To clarify, the organisation does not hold any licences in its name.

The Council can only take action against individuals who hold a licence.

The Council has also discussed with its Community Safety partners whether there is further action that could be taken to both support the existing BME communities in Neath Port Talbot but also to prevent further recurrences of such behaviour.

Officers have been liaising with the local taxi association members over the course of the week to offer information, guidance and support.

Community safety partners will also be continuing to offer support in ensuing weeks.

The Council expect the police investigation into the incident to be concluded in the very near future.

We then intend to offer guidance to the company and others at the centre of the investigation with a view to ensuring the organisation is equipped with a clear understanding of the responsibilities that are placed on everyone across the county borough to treat people with respect and tolerance, regardless of people’s backgrounds and to avoid behaviours which are discriminatory, inflammatory and which fall short of the principles of equality that have been enshrined in UK law for some considerable time.

Council Leader, Councillor Rob Jones, said: “Neath Port Talbot is a safe and friendly place where there is a strong sense of community in our villages and towns. People from our Black and Minority Ethnic community make a positive contribution in all aspects of community life.

"I am appalled that they should have been singled out in such a way. The Council will work alongside police and wider community safety partners to ensure that actions are taken to prevent such incidents from occurring.

"The Council, in all areas of its work strives to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and foster good relations in Neath Port Talbot.

"There is absolutely no place in Neath Port Talbot for racism or discrimination and I encourage all of our communities to help us stamp this out wherever it manifests itself me.”


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:54 pm 
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Council Leader Rob Jones has not done himself or the Council any favours in his choice of words describing the residents who could be offended.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:55 am 
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This is just the relevant part of the article - the rest is just a rehash of the earlier stuff.


Woman cautioned by police after row over no 'Pakistani' taxi drivers comment in Port Talbot

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wale ... w-16661770

She was arrested on Friday on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence

A woman has been cautioned by police in connection with comments that a taxi firm wouldn't employ 'Pakistani' drivers.

The 62-year-old from Port Talbot was arrested on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public order offence on Friday.

In a statement, South Wales Police said: "She fully admitted the allegation and was given a police caution after posting inappropriate and offensive comments on Facebook.

"South Wales Police would like to remind the public that use of social media carries responsibilities.

"Before posting comments, it is advisable to consider what impact those comments will have on other people and whether the post could be breaking the law."


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:25 pm 
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In a statement, South Wales Police said: "She fully admitted the allegation and was given a police caution after posting inappropriate and offensive comments on Facebook.

A sensible outcome IMO.

She made a mistake, her mistake has reminded many that those that use social media are responsible for what they say and write, and she can now put it behind her and move on.

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