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Reading taxi driver accused of sexual assault loses appeal

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Reading taxi driver accused of sexual assault loses appeal 27th October 2018

A Reading taxi driver has lost his appeal against the revocation of his licence.

Abid Hussain, 32, of Basingstoke Road, Reading, had his taxi licence taken away by Reading Borough Council's Licensing Applications sub-committee in March this year after a complaint.

The committee heard how Mr Hussain picked up a female student outside Q Club in Friar Street in November 2017.  The woman complained to Thames Valley Police and the council.

Although the police did not pursue a prosecution, the council revoked his taxi licence after hearing the evidence at the meeting in March.

Mr Hussain's appeal against the decision was held at Reading Magistrates' Court on Friday, October 5.

A district judge dismissed the appeal and stated the council's decision was correct.

After the hearing, Councillor Tony Page, the council's lead member for transport, said: “People taking a black cab have a right to feel confident that they will be transported safely and without incident.

“This is a shocking case which belies the professional behaviour of a vast majority of Reading’s Hackney carriage drivers.

“This case acts as an example of the good work our licensing officers do to ensure the town’s licensed taxis meet the high standards expected by the council and the Reading public.”

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