SHOCKING new figures show more than a THOUSAND taxi drivers have been charged with sexual and violent crimes in the UK in just five years.Data obtained by The Sun shows over 300 cabbies were charged with violent and sexual offences last year alone, including murder, child abduction and rape.The number is also on the rise in both London and Avon and Somerset, with 126 drivers charged in the capital alone last year.Offences committed have included rape, murder, attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, child abduction, actual bodily harm and manslaughter.London had the notably highest number of crime-committing cabbies, with nearly 2,000 charged with criminal offences in the past five years.Of these, 521 were charged with violent and sexual crimes such as assault, rape and child sex offences.Last year marked the highest number of sex and violent offenders the capital has seen in five years.A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “”The MPS has a dedicated Cab Enforcement Unit, part of the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), which is responsible for enforcing the law relating to taxis and private hire vehicles in London.”It works closely with the Safer Transport Teams and local borough police on joint operations to tackle touting and other… Read full this story
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