Report reveals how Bolton licensed drivers were investigated for grooming and child sex offences

Report reveals how Bolton licensed drivers were investigated for grooming and child sex offences

BOLTON taxi and minicab drivers were investigated last year for offences including grooming, sex crimes against children, drug dealing and slapping a child passenger, a report has revealed. In 2014, 69 cases against private hire drivers and four against hackney carriage drivers were referred to Bolton Council — some have been through the courts while others are subject to ongoing police investigations. The report, the first of its kind, has been published by Bolton Council’s Licensing and Environmental Regulation Committee (LERC) and includes a case about an an ice cream van licence which was refused because the applicant was being investigated for exposure. Asif Vali, chairman of the Private Hire Operators’ Association in Bolton, said the public “are safe” using taxis in the town. Mr Vali said: “This is a small percentage of cases out of 1,400 drivers in Bolton. We work i...

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