A HEREFORD man punched a taxi driver several times after being asked to get out of his vehicle following an argument over the radio volume, magistrates heard.
Martin Peter Corns, 38, of The Courtyard, Lower Bullingham, was getting the taxi home from the Monument pub in Whitecross before he attacked 50-year-old Paul Parsons.
Corns was then seen driving away from the pub and caught by police near his home address.
He pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis and assault by beating when he appeared before Hereford Magistrates Court last week.
Owen Beale, prosecuting, said the taxi had been called to the pub on the evening of February 5.
“Corns wanted the radio turned up as he liked the tune,” said Mr Beale.
“The driver didn’t want to do that as he doesn’t like loud music on while driving. The defendant didn’t take kindly and swore at the driver.
“In response Mr Parson said ‘if you’re going to talk to me like that get out of the car.’
“The defendant said if he got out he was going to rip Mr Parsons out of the vehicle as well.
“Corns did get out and grabbed the right arm of the driver before swinging a number of punches.”
A witness saw the incident and blood coming from the driver’s mouth.
Police went to Corns’ address and he wasn’t there but they then saw him walking towards them.
“He was clearly drunk and, when asked where his car was, he said he had been at the Wye Inn and his vehicle was there,” added Mr Beale.
“The defendant refused to give a roadside breath test.”
In interview, Corns said that he had drunk five bottles of cider while watching a rugby match at the Monument.
Corns told police that he didn’t remember punching Mr Parsons and said that he did not provide a specimen as he did not know what police wanted it for.
Emma Prosser, mitigating, said that these offences were all fuelled by alcohol.
“Corns fully accepts that he doesn’t cope well when drinking,” said Ms Prosser.
Corns was banned from driving for 36 months and ordered to complete a 12 months community order which will include 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was also told to pay a £85 victim surcharge, £135 costs and £50 compensation to the taxi driver.
Two men have been charged with a number of offences after a taxi driver was allegedly attacked in Ebbsfleet on Saturday morning (March 18).
Clive James Vivian and Jamie Vivian were arrested after the alleged assault, which reportedly took place near Ebbsfleet railway station at 11.50am.
A Kent Police spokesman said: "Kent Police responded to reports a taxi driver was being threatened and assaulted by two passengers he had picked up in University Way, Dartford.
"The men allegedly prevented the taxi driver from stopping. The men eventually got out of the taxi at Ebbsfleet Railway station just before midday and were arrested a short while later."
Clive James Vivian, 32, of Cornwall Road, Dartford and Jamie Vivian, of Tyron Way in Sidcup have since been charged with making off without paying the taxi fare, possessing an offensive weapon (a bottle of ammonia) in a public place, criminal damage to a sun visor and racially aggravated assault.
Both men have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Medway Magistrates Court today (March 20).
A tenacious taxi driver sniffed out a pair of drug dealers who hired his cab to transport four kilos of cannabis to their local post office 300 yards away.
Uber cabbie Grant Miller followed his nose when he noticed a distinctive aroma coming from his boot after picking up Lin Wang and Ming Xin Wu.
The pair had packed a box with the drug and were seeking to post it from Newcastle to an address in Belfast, Chronicle Live reports .
But while they were arranging the delivery, Grant flagged down a passing police officer and raised the alarm.
Wang and Wu were jailed for a total of 13 months at Newcastle Crown Court, and Grant says he is “chuffed to bits” the dealers are off the streets.
“I’m anti-drugs . I’ve seen enough of it on the streets of Newcastle and I’m chuffed to bits they got jailed.”
Grant described the journey in Gateshead on November 11 last year as “strange” and said that he learnt how to spot people smuggling drugs at his previous job as a doorman.
He explained: “I always lift bags and packages in to the boot of the car as part of my service, but he didn’t want to pass the box to me. He didn’t want me to touch it and he wanted to put it in the boot himself.
“When I was driving them I passed a police car parked up on the side of the road, so when they went in to the post office I drove back around and told the police . I said, ‘I am 95% sure that they were posting cannabis’. I just knew it.”
Wang and Wu were arrested, and Wang said she had been asked to come to Newcastle from London to post a package and would be paid £50.
Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said: “The Crown takes the view the account put forward is improbable but doesn’t seek a trial of issue.
“The Crown says she played a significant role and was motivated by financial or other advantage.”
Lin Wang was jailed for seven months, Ming Xin Wu was jailed for six months
The court heard Wang had been illegally trafficked to the UK ten years ago and would be deported after serving her sentence.
Jacqueline Coxon, defending, said: “Miss Wang has had some difficult years here in the UK as a result of being trafficked here and having suffered domestic violence .
“At the time of this offence she was a member of the community in London, she was working, and she accepts she naively took an opportunity to travel to Newcastle.
“When she became aware what she was being asked to do she accepts she did not retreat from her behaviour and continued with her task of posting the cannabis parcel.”
Wang, 25, of no fixed address, was jailed for seven months while Wu, 33, also of no fixed address, who was sentenced at a previous hearing, got six months.
Taxi drivers in the borough of Scarborough will now have to have their vehicles MOTd at a council approved centre.
The plan's been approved by the council and is aimed at improving safety for passengers and other road users.
It's also to make sure the council can control the standard of licensed vehicles on the road.
It's caused concern among taxi drivers who say they'll all have to come to Scarborough twice a year for those checks and it takes away their choice...
"This is based upon public safety and improving our service and that's what it should all be about. Members of the public who get into those taxis should feel secure and safe. My concern is that the last checks that were done proved things weren't working right for some reason.
If somebody dies, somebody gets hurt, or maimed, people will say to the council 'you're the licensing authority, why haven't you done anything?' I would say we're doing everything we can. I will also say Scarborough taxi drivers are the best in the country. Every single taxi driver's had a DBS, they've all had a medical health check and they've all got safeguard training".
On Sunday, President Jeff Jones quit after just six months, becoming the latest executive to leave the world’s most valuable startup.
Jones’ exit comes in the wake of a long string of controversies, ranging from allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work culture to the combative behavior of Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick.
After Bloomberg published a video on Feb. 28 showing Kalanick berating an Uber driver, he said he would seek “leadership help” and was planning to hire a chief operating officer. The plan was viewed internally as an effective demotion for Jones, who was hired last year as president of ride-sharing and second in command, a person familiar with the matter said.
In an email to staff on Sunday, Kalanick said Jones “made an important impact on the company” during his six months there. “After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber,” Kalanick wrote, according to a copy of the email obtained by Bloomberg.
“We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” Uber wrote in an emailed statement.
San Francisco-based Uber has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this year. The ride-hailing app was accused of undermining a taxi strike against U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration ban in January. Kalanick stepped down from Trump’s business advisory council after a #DeleteUber movement began to pick up steam. In February, a former employee wrote a blog post about her experiences of sexual harassment while working for the company, and Uber is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc.’s autonomous car company Waymo for allegedly stealing trade secrets.
Such events are not what Jones signed on for when he left his post as chief marketing officer at Target Corp.
"The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business," Jones wrote in a statement provided to Recode, which was the first publication to report his resignation.
Jones’s purview at the closely held company, included Uber’s brand, which took a beating during his short tenure, largely for reasons beyond his control.