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Wyre driver loses licence over mass brawl

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Wyre driver loses licence over mass brawl 28th November 2018

A Wyre taxi driver has had his licence revoked over his involvement in a mass brawl in which someone died.

According to local reports, 62 year old Mr Michael Sharples was involved in a fight on Sunday July 22 at the Kings Arms in Fleetwood.

A Mr David Allinson, who was also involved in the incident, collapsed and died outside the pub, despite efforts to save his life.

On 16 August, Wyre Council’s Licensing Committee concluded that Mr Sharples was no longer a fit and proper person and no longer met the high standards required to hold a driver’s licence. His taxi drivers licence was consequently revoked.

Mr Sharples appealed the decision to revoke his licence to the Magistrates’ Court. It is reported that at the hearing at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, the bench dismissed his appeal. Based on the evidence before them, the Magistrates’ court found that Mr Sharples should no longer hold his position as a taxi driver in Wyre and the council’s decision was upheld.

The magistrates reviewed the CCTV footage and heard Mr Sharples’ oral evidence and that of the council’s senior licensing officer.

Councillor Julie Robinson, chairman of Wyre Council’s licensing committee, commented: “We are pleased that the magistrates upheld the committee’s decision.

“Wyre Council places public safety at the heart of taxi licensing decisions and we will not accept violent behaviour by licensed drivers.”

Mr Sharples was also ordered to pay £500 towards the council’s costs.

Source: Fleetwood Today

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