Monday, January 18, 2016

Rickshaw rider JAILED as Westminster cracks down on ‘anti-social menace’.

Juris Briedis has been sentenced to six months in prison for riding a pedicab in Westminster (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

A rickshaw or ‘pedicab’ rider has been sentenced to 24 weeks in prison after he breached a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) which had banned him from riding a rickshaw in Westminster just three days earlier. 

Juris Briedis, of Edgware Road, had been given the CBO on Thursday January 7 after he broke a Community Protection Notice that forbade him from using his pedicab in an antisocial way. 

But on Sunday January 10, just three days later, he was spotted riding a pedicab in Bird Street, so found himself in Westminster Magistrates’ Court yet again on Tuesday - where he was jailed. 

However, the 21-year-old rickshaw rider is not alone in persistent antisocial behaviour whilst on the job. When he was given the CBO banning him from riding a pedicab in W1, SW1, W2 and WC2 for five years, so were four others: 

Elvis Bergins, 21, and Elviss Krauklis, 23, both also from Edgware Road, Kristaps Lapins, 21, of Wells House Road, NW10, and Ivo Laskivs, 25, of Clarendon Court, NW2. 

To date, 116 pedicab riders have been summonsed to court for parking their rickshaws in a way that causes an obstruction - and police and TfL say the crackdown is working. 

Inspector Guy Ellwood, of the Met’s Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street team, said: “This should send a clear message to riders who persistently engage in disruptive, criminal and anti-social activity will face significant consequences.”

Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: “We work closely with the police and officers from Westminster to stop Pedicabs from being an anti-social menace in central London, so this sentencing is welcome news. 

“We will continue to support the officers on the ground, and push for the toughest penalties, while continuing to lobby Government over the legislation of pedicabs in the capital.”

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