UPDATE, 15:35, 22/03/2018 : Officers have arrested a 38-year-old man from Atherstone on suspicion of robbery. Investigations are ongoing
Police are appealing for information after two taxi drivers were robbed in separate incidents in Atherstone.
The first incident occurred at around 9.25pm on Tuesday (20 March). The driver picked up a passenger from Barsby Close. He drove around the corner at which point the man asked him to stop on Cooks Close.
The man then pulled a knife on the driver and demanded his money.
The offender left the scene with a quantity of cash.
The driver suffered a minor cut to his hand.
The second incident occurred at 11.36pm last night (Wednesdays 21 March). The driver picked up two men from Purley View. The men produced knives and demanded to be driven to Church Walk.
They left the vehicle with a quantity of cash.
The victim of the second incident provided a description of the two men. The first man was around six foot tall and wearing a black hoody with the hood up, a black and white chequered scarf and dark blue or black Adidas tracksuit bottoms with three stripes on the outside of the legs.
The second man was around 5 ft 10 in tall and wearing a navy hoody with the hood up, dark shoes and a blue or grey scarf around his face.
Both men had local accents.
Detective Constable Chris Bell said: "These incidents were terrifying for the victims and I would urge anyone with information to contact police."
Coventry has the most expensive taxi journeys in the country, with an average cost per mile of £3.11.
That's according to new figures from Regtransfers.co.uk, which has combined local authority data to create an original data set.
But Coventry City Council says it doesn't recognise the figures and instead says the city stands at 84th according to other data.
Regtransfers.co.uk has released an interactive map to highlight the average cost of a taxi in 25 of the most populated cities in the UK And Coventry comes out on top.
The city is also ironically the home of the black cab. LTC (the London Taxi Company) first started building black cabs in Holyhead Road in Coventry in 1919, but then went into administration in 2012.
Production of the famous black cabs restarted in Coventry in 2013 and LTC has now opened a new £300 million factory to make 5,000 electric black cabs per year in the UK.
The UK Taxi Price Index aims to shine a spotlight on the cost of a cab in the UK.
A price guide for when you are travelling around the country, the index rates cities according to the minimum fare and average cost per mile.
The average cost per mile was calculated on the basis of one, two, three, four and five-mile journeys in each city.
The research found that in some cities in the UK, people are paying almost 45 per cent more for their taxi journey compared to elsewhere in the country.
That’s a big disparity in cab fares.
With reports of Hackney carriage fares on the rise up and down the country, you might expect that the capital would come with predictably pricey fares, but London is the fifth most expensive city to hail a cab, with an average cost per mile of £2.99.
A spokesman for Coventry City Council said: "It would be interesting to understand the methodology used by the UK Taxi Price Index as in other polls, such as Private Hire Monthly, place Coventry 84th in the UK.
“Prices in Coventry may be slightly higher than in some other towns and cities but this reflects the fact the bar we set for local taxi providers is higher than the norm.
“For example, as well as being DBS-cleared, Coventry hackney taxi drivers need to have Child Sexual Exploitation awareness training, have disability awareness training, pass a knowledge test of Coventry's roads and submit their vehicle to tests every six months.
“That is not always the case in other towns and cities across the UK.”
Coventry = £3.11
Leeds = £3.06
Oxford = £3.04
Cambridge = £3.03
London = £2.99
Bristol = £2.90
Southampton = £2.89
Birmingham = £2.82
Manchester = £2.81
Stoke-on-Trent = £2.72
Liverpool = £2.15
Edinburgh = £2.22
Brighton = £2.28
Kingston = £2.45
Swansea = £2.45
Belfast = £2.45
Sunderland = £2.53
Bradford = £2.53
Leicester = £2.60
Nottingham = £2.61
The total number of licensed taxi and private hire vehicles and licensed drivers in England reached record levels in 2017.
Uber Technologies has suspended all of its driverless car tests in Phoenix and Arizona as well as Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.
More than 300 taxi drivers in Carlisle are to receive child sexual exploitation (CSE) awareness training.
The training, which has been made mandatory for all taxi drivers by Carlisle City Council, will help drivers to spot children and young people who may be vulnerable and understand how to help keep them safe from potential abusers.
New and existing taxi drivers from across Carlisle are taking part in the education sessions between February and May, the latest of which took place this week (Wednesday 14 March 2018) in the same week as National CSE Awareness Day (18 March 2018). The training is being carried out and funded by children’s charity, Barnardo’s and inputs on the courses are also being provided by Cumbria Constabulary.
Taxi drivers will be made aware of typical and concerning behaviours to look out for, have common myths surrounding CSE dispelled and be advised about how they can report any concerns to police.
Nic Dunn, Children’s Service Manager for Barnardo’s said: “We know that children from all backgrounds in all areas of the UK can be susceptible to grooming and exploitation, especially in today’s digital age with young people spending more time online than ever before.
“Thanks to the foresight of Carlisle City Council in implementing this training, hundreds of taxi drivers now know what signs to look out for to spot children who could be vulnerable to exploitation, helping to protect them from potential danger. These taxi drivers can act as eyes and ears in the community, especially during the nights.
“It’s important for night-time workers to be aware of the dangers – they are part of the solution and play an active role in working together with authorities to help tackle this issue.”
Detective Superintendent Vicki Ellis, Cumbria Constabulary, said: “We are delighted to be working with Barnardo’s on increasing the awareness of child sexual exploitation. By empowering as many people as possible with information on the signs of sexual exploitation we can hopefully put an end to the offences that are occurring.
“We are committed to tackling this crime and protecting young people. We will continue to work closely with Barnardo’s and our other partner agencies to ensure that children in Cumbria are safe from harm.”
Cllr John Bell, Chair of the Regulatory Panel, Carlisle City Council, said: “As chair of the Regulatory Panel I work closely with the Licensing Team to ensure Taxis (Hackney Carriages) and Private Hire Vehicles are suitable and safe for travel in. Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation through this training will now be mandatory for all taxi drivers. This will help to safeguard children in Carlisle.”
Wayne Casey, Chair of Carlisle Taxi Association said: “I attended this week’s training session alongside other taxi and private hire drivers from across Carlisle. It was extremely useful and all those that attended are now aware of what signs they can look out for in the future and how we can help to tackle this issue.”
The recent awareness training forms part of the work of Barnardo’s new Believe initiative – a preventative service to tackle child sexual exploitation in Cumbria.
The focus of the new Believe service is on prevention and early intervention, working with children aged from 10 to 18 years who are believed to be at risk of exploitation, as well as their families/carers. Children in primary and secondary schools are also being educated around age appropriate understanding of healthy relationships.
Workers from Barnardo’s also recently carried out Real Love Rocks CSE awareness training with Girl Guide and Scout leaders in Cumbria, so they could deliver the CSE awareness programme to their young people across the region. This Girl Guide and Scout training was funded by Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s second city Birmingham is seeking clarity from Uber [UBER.UL] on its business model as it decides whether to renew the taxi app’s licence after granting a temporary extension.
Uber, which is fighting to keep its cars on London’s streets after the regulator deemed it unfit to run a taxi service, saw its one-year licence in Birmingham expire last month.
“Officers in our Licensing team have temporarily extended Uber’s private hire operator licence in Birmingham, whilst they seek clarity from Uber around its operating model,” said the council’s Acting Director of Regulation and Enforcement Chris Neville.
Uber has made a series of changes to its business model in recent months, responding to requests from regulators, including the introduction of 24/7 telephone support and the proactive reporting of serious incidents to London’s police.
The firm’s licence in Edinburgh is also due to expire next week with a renewal decision pending, according to the council’s website.
A spokeswoman at the council did not provide an immediate comment on the status of the application when contacted by Reuters on Thursday.