The police are turning a blind eye to the root cause of minicab related sexual assaults.
Unlawful touting in the Coventry Street, Wardour Street area, is at an all time high and is being aided and abetted by the police.
After a successful Flash Mob demonstration arranged by way of social media caught the authorities by surprise, Boris hastily pushed forward a Zero Tolerance initiative (based on a successful action in New York) planned for later in the year.
But in London, it seems Zero Tolerance has a completely different definition.
I made a special visit to the Coventry Street rank on 2nd Aug (23:30) to investigate complaints from drivers who said they had been moved off the rank by police officers, after the council removed the forward sign post on the junction of Wardour Street, indicating the bus stand becomes a Taxi Rank in the evenings.
When I arrived, the rank was unusable as one minicab and a number of rickshaw bikes had completely taken it over. There was a constable standing on the corner of Wardour, so I drive round the block, parked on the feeder rank in Oxendon Street and approach him.
I explained complaints had been made that certain police officers had moved licensed Taxis off this rank and also, they had flatly refused to move on Rickshaws and Minicabs illegally parked on the Taxi rank.
At first he said; "this is a bus stop, there is no signage".
I informed him that a traffic management order (TMO) was in place and then bought his attention to the Taxi rank board on the corner of Rupert Street, which holds the TfL notice appointing the Bus Stand as a shared night time Taxi rank. I then asked him to clear the rank.
He said he wasn't there for "trivial matters" and was only there to police more serious issues such as muggings, fights and stabbings (his words).
He also said he believes in "live and let live" and that in his opinion, the minicabs and rickshaws were not posing a serious problem.
I explained as an officer of the law, he was charged to uphold the law and couldn't choose which laws to uphold. This didn't go down well and he summoned his Sgt.
His Sgt. emerged from a parked mobile police unit just feet away, to whom I repeated my allegations.
The Sgt. refuted his officers would try to move on Taxis unless they were unlawfully parked. I then explained about the rank (which even he had no knowledge of) and told him his officer had refused to move on the offending minicab and rickshaws.
He wasn't pleased but made the accompanying officers move the minicab and bikes.
I made a repeat visit to the rank just after midnight and found it full of minicabs and bikes. The police officer had completely disappeared.
A few nights later, I revisited Coventry Street and found four minicabs parked with their wheels on the pavement outside the entrance to the Trocadero. As I slowly past the illegal minicab rank, I noticed a Westminster Council NSL Traffic Warden walking past, taking no notice whatsoever.
Further along, I saw two police officers on the corner of Rupert Street. I parked up and approach the officers and asked why they were allowing these four vehicles to cause a dangerous obstruction by parking on the pavement.
The answer I receive was unbelievable.
The male officer informed me he was using professional discretion to allow the vehicles to sit there, as there have been reports of women being sexually assaulted in the area and the closer the cars get to the exit the safer for young ladies leaving the Trocadero.
I was completely and utterly shocked.
I told him, if he was worried about the rapes and sexual assaults in the area, it would be advantageous to move all the touting cars on, as it was the minicabs and predators who were carrying out the attacks.
I told him he did not have the power of discretion to let people break the laws he didn't fancy enforcing. I also told him if he did not move the vehicles, I would report him to his Sgt. just yards up the road. This seemed to do the trick and both he and his female colleague walked up to the touts and moved them on.
So Boris this is London's Zero tolerance?
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