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Wyre taxi driver licence revoked after stealing money from Cricket Club

Taxi Published Monday, 21 May 2018

Wyre Council has revoked the licence of a former taxi driver who was caught stealing money from Fleetwood Cricket Club, following a court hearing on 16 May 2018.

Following an anonymous tip off, Wyre officers carried out an investigation into allegations that Mr Ian Stewart, a driver with Cleveleys Taxis, had stolen money from Fleetwood Cricket Club.

Officers were able to confirm that he had been suspended from his position as the Designated Premises Supervisor for Fleetwood Cricket Club last September and had resigned from his job, an hour before he was due to attend a disciplinary hearing on 2 October 2017.

The police became involved on 15 November 2017, when it became clear to the club that Mr Stewart had been stealing large amounts of money from the tills.

In January 2018, Mr Stewart admitted to carrying out the offence and agreeing to repay £15,000 back to the club, he received a police caution for the offence of theft from an employer.

However, Mr Stewart failed to disclose any of this information to the Licensing Authority.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Mr Stewart’s taxi licence was revoked on 28 February 2018, but he appealed the decision to the Magistrates Court, which allowed him to continue to drive taxis.

Councillor Robinson, Chair of the Licencing Committee, commented: “All of our licensed drivers are entrusted with the safety and security of the travelling public, some of whom are extremely vulnerable. This makes it very easy for dishonest drivers to overcharge passengers or otherwise defraud them.

“The fit and proper test includes careful consideration of the driver’s honesty and integrity. We were satisfied that Mr Stewart was someone who had abused the position of trust that he held, in order to steal thousands of pounds, and so could no longer be considered a fit and proper person.”

Following a hearing at Blackpool Magistrates Court, Mr Stewart’s appeal against Wyre’s decision to revoke his taxi licence was dismissed.

Councillor Robinson added, “We are pleased that Blackpool Magistrates Court have dismissed Mr Stewart’s appeal and affirmed Wyre Council’s position; licensed drivers must display high standards of honesty and integrity.”

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