Category Archive: Crime & the Trade

Nov 19

Uber driver used as courier in drugs bust

A former rugby star was convicted after copying the hit TV show Breaking Bad to rake in hundreds of thousands of pounds by cooking crystal meth. Lorenzo Bocchini, 36, set up a hi-tech drugs laboratory in his luxurious Little Venice home, where police recovered £300,000 of drugs, £33,000 cash and a stun gun. Crystal meth …

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Oct 24

“Words can’t express your stupidity” — Angus taxi driver sacked after touching teenager

An Angus taxi driver was sacked by his employer after he sexually assaulted a teenager, a court heard. Brian Michie from Brechin appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court and admitted assaulting the female at his home. The court heard the 60-year-old had become “attracted” to the teenager and had “made a move” on April 23 this …

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Oct 23

Ex-soldier and taxi drivers among those caught in undercover sting on Newcastle drug dealers

Using covert recording equipment, undercover police officers posed as users to trap people in the city centre and West End who were ‘peddling misery’ A former soldier and taxi drivers were among those snared in an undercover police sting to nab drug dealers in Newcastle. Using covert recording equipment, police officers posed as users to …

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Oct 16

Taxi driver Mubashir Butt molested drunken female passenger in back of cab

Judge tells him he had breached trust but gave him a suspended jail term A taxi driver who sexually molested a drunken passenger in the back of his car has been given a suspended jail sentence. Leeds Crown Court heard Mubashir Butt collected the woman from Brighouse and was driving her to Kirkburton in Huddersfield …

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Oct 14

Rhyl female taxi driver was in on crowbar attack plot …. on passenger in her cab

A female cabbie was in on a plot that saw men stop her taxi and attack the passenger she was carrying. Gary Morgan was being taken along River Street in Rhyl when another car pulled in front of the cab he was in. Two men jumped out and, armed with a knife and an iron …

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Oct 11

Taxi driver caught with £250,000 in his Skoda

A taxi driver who was caught out for being involved in a £2million money laundering racket has been jailed after being found with £250,000 on the back seat of his car. Authorities found the cash in a bag on the back seat of Waqas Ilyas’ Skoda when they swooped in April, 2015, the Manchester Evening …

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Oct 11

Minicab driver overturned his car after taking cocaine

A private hire driver crashed into parked cars and overturned his private hire car after taking cocaine. David Deacon said a passenger had previously left the wrap of white powder in his cab so he put some on his finger and tasted it. Deacon, 31, now a packer in a biscuit factory, of Elgin Place, …

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Oct 04

Bristol taxi driver on trial for attempted murder

The Bristol post reports a taxi driver inflicted a terrifying attack on his ex-wife in which she thought she would die, a jury has heard. Mourad Tighilt was charged with attempted murder after the incident – but psychiatrists have agreed he is suffering from mental illness and is unfit to either plead or stand trial. …

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Sep 28

Flint taxi driver convicted of rape fled ‘to Syria’

A Flintshire taxi driver sentenced to 11 years in jail after raping a student twice following a night out has fled the country, a court has heard. Syrian-born Sultan Amari, 46, from Flint, was due to return to the trial on Monday but sent an email saying he had no intention of returning. He boarded …

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Sep 28

Taxi passenger Mohammed Azhar must pay £1,200 to driver he attacked

A man has been ordered to pay £1,200 compensation to a taxi driver with whom he had a row about a fare. Mohammed Azhar was already under a suspended sentence for causing grievous bodily harm to his sister when he got into the taxi driven by Mohammed Yahyaei in Huddersfield on June 11. Joe Culley, …

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