A racist has been barred from all taxis in Brighton and Hove for abusing Asian drivers and police officers.
According to the Brighton Argus, John Michael Hughes, 50, from Portslade, has been given an antisocial behaviour order after a campaign of abuse.
In May last year, in Hove, he racially abused and assaulted an Asian taxi driver before resisting arrest and damaging a police car.
He was given 14 weeks in prison on September 16 after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault and 12 weeks for racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, which ran concurrently.
Hughes had already been convicted of being racist towards another Asian taxi driver and for similar racist abuse towards two police officers, within days of each other in August 2013.
Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council secured the antisocial behaviour order against Hughes under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
He is banned from using or encouraging others to use racist or abusive language in any public place in Brighton and Hove and is not allowed to travel in any licensed taxi within the city.
Sgt David Palmer, of Sussex Police, said: “The order on Hughes sends a strong message that racist behaviour will not be tolerated anywhere in this city. Hughes’ behaviour and language is totally unacceptable and always completely unprovoked. This is a great example of partner organisations in the city working together to deter an offender who has caused harm in our communities.”
Council leader Jason Kitcat said: “No one should suffer from racial abuse or physical assault, including people like taxi drivers and those working in the night-time economy. This case shows that we will work closely with our city partners to stop offenders in Brighton and Hove ruining people’s lives.
“We will make use of the latest powers available to us to tackle anti-social behaviour and hate incidents, which are specifically designed to tackle persistently antisocial individuals and those persons involved in criminal activity.”
Mmmm...We applaud the actions of the police in Brighton for clamping an ASBO on this abusive racist. One question: How can they enforce this? How will any licensed driver know who John Hughes is, if he approaches a taxi? He won’t have a label around his neck saying, “I’m John Hughes - I’m not allowed to travel in any Brighton taxi - do not take me!” Seriously, are the drivers given photographs of people they should avoid? - especially in the case of hackney carriage drivers, whose livelihood is governed by compellability. Just wondering... - Ed.