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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:06 am 
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Private hire driver's licence revoked after vehicle stopped by police at drug dealer's hotspot

https://www.taxi-point.co.uk/post/priva ... -s-hotspot

A St Helens private hire driver has had his licence revoked with immediate effect following a report handed to them by Police Scotland.

Members of the council's licensing committee were called to a meeting to review the unnamed man's licence, where they were informed of the reasons to be concerned.

Police Scotland revealed to the members that the man's licensed vehicle had been seen at a known drug dealer’s location, following which he was arrested for allegedly being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

A large sum of cash was found in the licensed vehicle and retained by the Police.

The man had been called to attend his licensing hearing to present a defense, but failed to show.

Despite several attempts by the licensing committee to contact him, the man failed to provide information requested by the council to support his explanations given during police interview.

As no reason was provided for his non-attendance, the committee decided to hear the matter in his absence based on the information contained in the report.

In minutes from the meeting it concludes that on the balance of probabilities, the licence of the private hire driver be revoked with immediate effect in the interests of public safety.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:09 am 
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A St Helens private hire driver has had his licence revoked with immediate effect following a report handed to them by Police Scotland.


Police handed the report to the St Helens PHD? :shock:

And *Police Scotland* at that.

Curiouser and curiouser :-s


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:23 pm 
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It is my theory that the st Helens driver was caught in Scotland by the police who are dealing with the criminal aspect of the case and they have sent a report to the st Helens licensing department, where the chap is licensed, for them to deal with the licensing issues.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:09 pm 
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grandad wrote:
It is my theory that the st Helens driver was caught in Scotland by the police who are dealing with the criminal aspect of the case and they have sent a report to the st Helens licensing department, where the chap is licensed, for them to deal with the licensing issues.


Yes, very plausible, in fact I think that was my initial theory, but changed my mind and suspected that the St Helens reference was incorrect.

Anyway, found the minutes and the meeting took place in September - from the TaxiPoint article (published a few hours ago) I'd assumed that it was the meeting at the end of October so hadn't looked any further back.

What got me was that there was no reference to a town or city where the car was seen, which made it look like it was local to the licensing committee, which was why I doubted the St Helens reference. To be fair to TaxiPoint, though, the references in the minutes are vague, and no mention of a specific location.

There's references in the minutes to Appendices which apparently contain the correspondence etc with Police Scotland, which might shed some further light, but those don't seem to be online.

But would be interesting to know where the car was seen. There's occasional reports in the Dundee press about drugs links with Liverpool/Merseyside, but I suppose it could be anywhere in Scotland :?

Anyway, it all reminds me why I hate looking at the agendas and minutes on council websites, and generally avoid it like the plague :evil:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:39 pm 
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grandad wrote:
It is my theory that the st Helens driver was caught in Scotland by the police who are dealing with the criminal aspect of the case and they have sent a report to the st Helens licensing department, where the chap is licensed, for them to deal with the licensing issues.

Agree with you,unlike us who have different police forces,Police Scotland is a country wide force.


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