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London: Unlicensed cab driver jailed for passenger rape

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS An unlicensed cab driver who raped a drunk female passenger after he took her home from a birthday party in central London has been given a seven year prison sentence. Mohamed Hacene-Chaouch, 46, of Catford, south London, was found guilty of rape at the Old Bailey. The court heard he picked up the woman, 24, after she got ... Read More »

Car-free Sunday closes roads in Bristol

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS Roads in part of Bristol city centre have been closed in the city’s first car-free Sunday. Baldwin Street, King Street and Corn Street are among the roads shut to traffic in Mayor George Ferguson’s Make Sunday Special initiative. Some people claim Mr Ferguson – who was closing the roads from 09:00 to 18:00 BST – is anti-motorist. But ... Read More »

Taxi drivers in Jersey agree to fare rise of 1.6%

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS A rise in fares will “only just keep taxi drivers’ heads above water” says Jersey’s transport minister. Deputy Kevin Lewis said the 1.6% increase would only cost passengers “pennies more” on short journeys. The transport department and Jersey Taxi Drivers Association (JTDA) agreed the rise. Michael Tostevin, president of the JTDA defended the price rise which was “broadly ... Read More »

A Cab driver hurt after stone thrown in Edinburgh

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS An Edinburgh taxi driver has been injured after a stone thrown at his black cab smashed one of the windows. The incident happened at 21:00 on Thursday as the driver was travelling along Henderson Street. It is thought the stone was thrown by a group of youngsters in the Henderson Street park area. A police spokesman said: “This ... Read More »

Cardiff Airport’s Bus service scrapped on Sunday

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS A bus service which operates four times a day to Cardiff Airport is to be scaled back. Cardiff Bus is dropping the Sunday X91 service from next month as part of the company’s review of its timetables. Opposition parties said transport links to the struggling airport should be improved, not cut, and it was “terrible news” for surrounding ... Read More »

Birmingham taxi drivers strike over station rank space

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS Some taxi drivers are striking over a “lack of spaces” for them near Birmingham’s New Street station. As part of the £600m station revamp, the taxi rank has been temporarily moved to Navigation Street, which drivers said had spaces for 11 cabs. Some drivers went on strike on Monday after drivers were fined for obstructing the highway. They ... Read More »

Private hire taxi drivers protest over fare changes

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 Courtesy: BBC NEWS About 200 public hire taxi drivers have taken part in a protest in Belfast over major change to how services operate. From September private-hire taxis will no longer have to be pre-booked and, like public-hire black cabs, will be allowed to pick passengers up off the street. There was minor disruption around City Hall on Tuesday morning. The ... Read More »

Birmingham taxi driver postponed New Street strike action

Birmingham taxi driver

Courtesy: BBC NEWS Taxi drivers have postponed strike action over a “lack of spaces” for them near Birmingham’s New Street station. As part of the £600m station revamp, the taxi rank has been temporarily moved to Navigation Street, which drivers said had spaces for 11 cabs. Some drivers went on strike for four hours on Monday, but have postponed further action ... Read More »

Car driver dies after collision with stationary A90 lorry

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS A female car driver has died following a collision with a stationary articulated lorry on the A90 between Aberdeen and Dundee. Emergency services were called to the scene, south of Stracathro, just after 05:00. The woman, believed to be in her early 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The southbound carriageway is thought likely to remain closed ... Read More »

East of England Ambulance private staff ‘dangerous’, paramedic says

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS An ambulance service criticised for not meeting response targets is putting patients at risk by using under-qualified staff, the BBC has been told. Two medical staff claim the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s (EEAST) employment of non-NHS staff on some shifts is “dangerous to patients”. Neil Storey, EEAST emergency operations director, admitted some private staff were ... Read More »

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