An investigation has been launched into claims minicab drivers are using a quiet cul-de-sac as a ‘drop off’ point - to defecate while on shift.
Police and council chiefs are probing allegations from residents of Parksway, Blackley, who say drivers have been parking at the end of their street and emptying their bowels on the road for several months.
One minicab driver is due to appear before Manchester Council’s Licensing Sub Committee on April 3 after being pictured at the spot squatting beside his car with his trousers around his ankles.
When interviewed by town hall officials the driver, who has not been named, is understood to have said he was in that position as he had ‘cut himself shaving’.
He was working for Cheetham Hill-based Alpha Cars when the photograph was taken last month and could lose his Private Hire licence when he faces the committee.
Police are also investigating an alleged showdown between another driver and a disgruntled resident on February 13 when the cabbie was seen unbuttoning his trousers at the controversial spot.
After being confronted by the resident the driver is alleged to have threatened him with a steering wheel lock before driving off.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed enquiries into the incident are ongoing.
Mum-of-three Laura Robertson, 36, who has lived on the road for around two years said residents overlooking the spot had been left disgusted by the behaviour of the ‘dirty drivers’.
She said: “At first we were obviously shocked and thought ‘that’s horrible’ but then as the weeks have gone on its become more and more regular to the point where recently it was happening nearly every day.
“We’ve reached the point where enough is enough because it’s horrible to have to see that out of your window and then obviously find the evidence there as well.
“There are a few of them doing it so they seem to have told eachother it’s a good place to go - we’ve reported it to the police and the council several times.
“It’s just disgusting - the thing is there’s a supermarket with a toilet just up the road but for some reason they seem to want to do it here.”
A Manchester council spokesman confirmed its investigation into the pictured driver is ongoing.
Alpha Cars failed to respond to several requests to comment.
Source: Manchester Evening News
Resident of Stonehouse Street off Clapham High street, had a similar ordeal three years ago, when local minicabs used the side street to park while they illegally touted for work at the nearby Inferno club.
Residents complained to the police that the drivers were urinating in the street plus some of the drivers were crouching in doorways and defecating.
Although the police acted swiftly and still make periodic appearances, we've been informed by residence that the problem still exists in the area.