Regent Street was evacuated earlier today and a suspicious Taxi left unattended and parked on a Taxi rank outside Hamleys became the second Taxi this year to be damaged by security officers in controlled action.
For years, we have been warning about the way the Met police turn a blind eye to minicabs parked all over the WestEnd and City.
Even in the wake of the minicab car bomb left outside Tiger Tiger in 2007. Although extremely serious, this incident had little to no affect on police and within hours the minicabs were back parked all over the Haymarket, left unabated by security services.
The Taxi trade has been warning of possible car bombs attacks as Wardens, Police and TfL constantly take no notice of cars parked on our Taxi ranks.
Now a Taxi, left unattended on a rank, had fallen victim to a security incident.
It's been reported that the Taxi affected had no TfL plates, no identifiers and had tinted windows.
The vehicle was left abandoned on the Taxi rank and was reported to police. The police deemed the vehicle suspicious and called in security services, who took out the windows with a burst from an automatic weapon.
While London is in danger of an imminent attack from terrorists, it's imperative that Taxis are not left unattended other than on rest ranks.
Please ladies and gents take heed....do not leave your Taxis on working Taxi ranks, use the rest ranks where provided