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Efforts Stepped Up To Prevent Taxi Violence

Friday November 15 2013

BARNSLEY'S taxi drivers are meeting with police to find ways of tackling increasing violence against cabbies.

Mark Cox, chairman of Barnsley Hackney Carriage Association, said the group was due to meet police next week to discuss solutions to the escalating problems, which have included a stabbing and assaults.

He said: "We have some ideas to put forward which will hopefully help regarding assaults on drivers. These kinds of incidents used to be very rare but lately it's happening more, especially on taxi ranks."

Pete Tingey, whose Blue Line company does 1.2 million taxi runs a year in Barnsley, said that in the past year one of his drivers was stabbed while taking a £10 fare to Darfield.

Another was threatened when an assault involving a husband and wife took place in the back of a cab in Silkstone.

The Silkstone incident ended with the cab having to be written off after damage estimated at £3,500 was caused by the drunken husband repeatedly kicking the car. The taxi driver narrowly escaped injury.

Mr Tingey said: "It's getting rough in Barnsley. I blame cheap alcohol and the loss of the 11pm closing time for pubs and the 2am closing time for nightclubs. You should see Barnsley town centre on a Sunday morning - it looks like a war zone."

He said of the Darfield incident: "It started when the passenger said he was going into his house to get cash but didn't come back."

He said the driver was attacked when he went to recover his money.

Both the Darfield and Silkstone addresses have been 'barred' by Blue Line, meaning the firm will not pick up fares there.

DI Gary Askew from Barnsley CID said he would speak to Mr Tingey about violence against cabbies.

He said: "I know we dealt with the Darfield incident but we need to know about any others. We want to prevent these kinds of incidents in Barnsley."

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Reply Posted by LOL on Saturday November 16 2013 at 01:13
I am infatuated with Sid and Kilkenny. I wish I had a life. I am stuck here in Barnsley on benefits. I can't spell, don't know the difference between a full stop, comma or apostrophe either.

Reply Posted by **** on Saturday November 16 2013 at 17:15
How disgusting to speak like that about elderly people. Total insult to the elderly!! No wonder there is so much abuse in care homes with that attitude!! Not remotely funny, you should be ashamed!

Reply Posted by ====== on Saturday November 16 2013 at 17:35
**** oh how sad..thought abit of humour would liven you saddo.s up,talk to the hand because the face ain;t listening

Reply Posted by **** on Saturday November 16 2013 at 17:43
How sad that people find the elderly so funny!!

Reply Posted by +++++ on Saturday November 16 2013 at 17:47
us young ones have a sense of humour..get back in your cavern..

Reply Posted by george on Saturday November 16 2013 at 17:50
I am an OAP and I found it funny. lightning up I didn't feel offended..

Reply Posted by jister on Sunday November 17 2013 at 16:59
Y dont any messages relate to story

Reply Posted by christine kilkenny on Sunday November 17 2013 at 17:01
jister is a taxi..jister is a taxi...is that better le taxi

Reply Posted by g on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 22:21
i get taxis every fri and sat have done for yrs and some of the drivers inflame the situations with there attitudes 1 example is picking up out of turn on ranks as for pete tingeys drivers there among the worst in barnsley as is his operater staff used to use him all time turned up 20mins late said hed been waiting athough he was clocked on cctv with time he arrived and wouldnt take me if i didnt pay a £4 late fee so we parted company complained to pete tingey and ive known him a good 25yr said it was nought to do with him so a handfull out there deserve all they get but spoil it for rest that get tarred with same brush

Reply Posted by Drivers wife on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 23:07
My hubby is a taxi driver for blueline and agrees it's getting shocking he has had 4 runners and also had his mobile phone stolen by a fair in royston not to mention the amount of abuse from customers it discusting how some people behave it needs stopping!!!