Saturday, November 11, 2017

Letter To Taxi Leaks From Rob : I Wonder If Helen Chapman Is Sleeping Easily In Her Bed Tonight ?

I wonder if Helen Chapman is sleeping easily in her bed tonight? 

Almost thirteen thousand criminal record checks still to be completed on Uber drivers with alleged fake DBS certificates. 

Didn't Helen intimate she couldn't live with herself if checks on licensed hackney carriage drivers should fail to detect the presence of undesirable characteristics. 

How is this litany of failure to be halted ?

Sexual assaults, criminally negligent driving, highly dubious business practices, indifference from government tax authorities, probable financial bribery in many spheres of authority and so on and so on. 

The TfL office in charge of Taxi and private hire is an utterly worthless organisation. 
It's dragged our trade into the sewer. It seems to be a plague of pestilence emanating from America.

Such a disregard for decent business and human ethics, their desperation, a mantra of money /profit at all costs,  seems to run through so many of those gig/tech style companies. 

It won't be until the affluent upper middle classes experience this level of absurdity and diabolical dishonesty and lack of ethics that things may change.
Or a sense of 'stop this insane carousel of profit and to hell with a sense of decency '. 

Do we have to wait till someone’s wife/daughter/sister/mother is raped and murdered before action is taken?

Taxi Leaks Extra Bit :

In a reply to an FOI received earlier this week, TfL admitted they haven't bothered to contact all the 13,000 Uber drivers thought to have fake DBS certificates. 

They  admitted they have only written to just 2,621 private hire drivers, saying that they will need to obtain a new enhanced DBS check through GB group.

There has been no mention of any revocations, or suspensions while this process is ongoing. 

Later this week we heard 5 Uber drivers -Michael Julien, 50, Dan-Alexandru Pasat, 29, Kamlesh Sagoo, 62, Ibrahim Tekagac, 35, and Mihai Toader, 32- were convicted of fraud and theft. All received prison sentences 4 were suspended sentences. 

These drivers are still registered on the TfL licence checker, as private hire drivers.

So, that means not only do we have approx 10,300 Uber drivers who have been driving -at least since January- with fake DBS results, we also have convicted Uber drivers, some with prison records out there driving the public. 

Let's also not forget about the Exhibition Road/Uber driver incident....9 injured...and it's all been hushed up???
Trouble is, some people actually know what happened and it will come out. Remember "#BillGate" Helen?

Helen, what does an Uber Driver have to do to get their licensed revoked. Are TfLTPH so scared of Uber’s legal team, that you would over look these incidents?  

Friday, November 10, 2017

Uber driver accused of sex assaults loses private hire licence

An Uber taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting two of his passengers in Leeds has lost an appeal to keep his private hire licence.

Leeds City Council claims Naveed Iqbal used his brother's Uber driver login while he was away and assaulted two women on separate occasions. 
The city's crown court heard no charges had been brought, but a judge said it was him who carried out the attacks "on the balance of probabilities". 
He was told to pay £1,500 in fees.
Mr Iqbal, 39, shared a Volkswagen Sharan people carrier with his brother, also an Uber driver, and picked up fares at night while his sibling worked in the day.
The court heard two women were picked up in Leeds city centre after nights out in December 2015, with the women sitting in the front passenger seat on both occasions. 
Providing evidence via video-link, one woman said she fell asleep in the cab and woke up to find the driver of the vehicle fondling one of her breasts. 

'Technical fault' defence

Another told the court she was taken to a dark road near her home and the Volkswagen's driver "put his hands on my chest and under my clothes".
Leeds City Council found the Uber driver account logged in at the time of the assaults belonged to Mr Iqbal's brother, but he was in Pakistan at the time. 
Mr Iqbal denied using his brother's Uber login and sexually assaulting the two women, blaming a "technical fault" on the phone or the Uber app.
Judge Simon Batiste told him the vehicle which picked the women up was "only ever used by two people" and one was out of the country.
Dismissing his appeal to retain his licence, he said: "We are satisfied that he is not a fit and proper person to hold a licence.
"He's extremely fortunate that criminal charges have not been brought against him."

Source : Reuters


TfL should answer our questions and then we would not need to use FOI’s!

If this one comes off, it could be a blockbuster!

London bus with Specsavers advert on the side loses its roof in a crash

A London bus driver perhaps needs to follow the advice of the advert on the side of his bus after this little bump. The double decker that was about 16ft tall lost a large portion of its top deck after going under a 12ft 6ins tall. The bus is now also 12ft 6ins tall. But in a cruel twist of irony, the bus had adverts for Specsavers on the side. A witness said: ‘I heard a lorry sounding its horn and looked round. It was trying to warn the bus in front of it about the low bridge.

‘But the bus didn’t slow down at all and only applied its brakes after the impact. The roof was left hanging off. ‘There seemed to be two learner drivers and an inspector on the bus. I’d say it was going no more than 20 mph when it crashed.’ The roof was sliced open by the impact of the crash in Old Oak Common Lane, North-West London, this morning at around 10am but luckily no passengers were on board at the time.

Taxi leaks Extra Bit :
With the every creasing amount of Bus crashes seen on the streets of the capital, we feel that TfL should now launch an inquiry to find out just how many of these bus drivers are working for Uber part time. 

TfL private hire roundels can be seen on many vehicles parked outside bus garages all over London. 

Taxi Leaks asks the question, should a driver who's been working an 8 hour night shift, working for Uber, be allowed to then take out a London bus?
Surely public safety is paramount?


If You Get A Ticket Dropping At The Ned, Don't Pay It...You Must Appeal.

Again, our largest trade orgs are failing to sort out the problems costing drivers dearly. Instead of dealing with the issues, they appear to be arguing over who can attend meetings, it's a disgrace. 

If they can't sort out the little problems, what chance have we got of them dealing with the big stuff?

Cars at the Ned Hotel are not recieving tickets, but Taxis are??? 

During the restricted period, Taxi passengers requiring the Hotel, are pointing to the cars parked outside. Many having luggage insist they should be dropped at the front entrance and not hundreds of yards away, at the beginning of the Bank Junction restriction. 

But as soon as Taxis go past the restriction signage, they are automatically issued with a ticket. 
Amazingly, the Hotel has informed us that their cars, seen above parked outside, do not get issued with tickets. 

It's our opinion that this is clear evidence that there is a definite agenda against the Taxi trade by TfL and the CoL. These issues should've been sorted out months ago. 
But it appears to be very low on the New United Trade Group (NUT group) agenda. 

The LCDC's Heather Rawlinson, has unselfishly helped many drivers, regardless of org or union status. 
Heather recently emailed the City of London about the situation at the Ned, asking why the cars are not being given tickets but Taxis are.  
So far Heather hasn't received a reply. 

Heather's advice:
If you've been issued a ticket dropping at the Ned (and haven't proceeded through the Bank Junction) DO NOT PAY IT. 
You must appeal. 
Virtually all tickets appealed are cancelled. 

Uber Lose Appeal Against Landmark Ruling And Must Treat Drivers As Employees

Uber ordered to treat drivers as employees with full rights after losing appeal in landmark case

Uber has lost its appeal against a landmark ruling ordering it to treat its drivers as employees, paying them minimum wage and affording them full rights including sickness and holiday pay.

Two drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, won the first round of the case in October last year.

But Uber challenged the ruling at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London, saying it could deprive drivers of the “personal flexibility they value”.

Judge Jennifer Eady QC handed down her judgement months after Uber was dealt another blow by Transport for London (TfL), which said it will not renew the firm's licence.

The US-based Minicab operator has launched a separate appeal against that decision.

Huge relief'

James Farrar told how he was feeling: "Just huge relief. I really hope it will stick this time and that Uber will obey the ruling of the court. 

"I'd like Uber to sit down and work out how as quickly as possible that every driver who is working for Uber get the rights they are entitled to."

The GMB union, which backed the case, said the ruling, by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), was a "landmark victory" for workers' rights, especially in the gig economy, a system of casual working which does not commit a business or a worker to set hours or rights.

Maria Ludkin, the GMB's legal director, said: "Uber must now face up to its responsibilities and give its workers the rights to which they are entitled.

"GMB urges the company not to waste everyone's time and money dragging their lost cause to the Supreme Court."

'Freedom to chose'

Tom Elvidge, Uber UK's acting general manager, said: "Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed. 

"The main reason why drivers use Uber is because they value the freedom to choose if, when and where they drive and so we intend to appeal."

He went on to say that EAT's decision relied on an assertion that drivers were required to take 80% of trips sent to them when logged into the app, but, he said, "as drivers who use Uber know, this has never been the case in the UK".

He also said a number of changes had been made to the app over the last year, and that Uber had "invested in things like access to illness and injury cover".


All over bar the shouting... Not quite!!!

Just when you thought it was all over, it suddenly goes on....and on...and on. 

The judge has given Uber 14 days to appeal the verdict, according to the UPHD. 

It seems the only sure fired winners are the legal profession, who must be having a field day.


Thursday, November 09, 2017

Liverpool Taxi Alliance : “It's A Free For All” Private Hire Situation In Liverpool.

The Liverpool Echo spent a Saturday night in town with the Taxi Alliance

An image being shared on social media appears to show a “free for all” private hire situation in Liverpool.

Angry hackney carriage drivers have posted the image of a private hire cab which appears to have license stickers for both Knowsley Council AND Transport for London - but is being clearly operated in Liverpool. 

The tweet, posted by twitter user PJL suggests that the photo was taken yesterday in Liverpool.

The same user has posted another image of a private hire driver - which appears to have no plates or door signs - as another example of the “free for all” situation with licensed cabs in the city.

That phrase has been coined by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson , who has vowed to come down hard on any illegal private hire activity taking place within the city. 

This car appears to have plates for Knowsley Council and Transport for London - and is operating in London
He has also reiterated his calls for a region-wide private hire license, to stem the flow of drivers who are licensed in boroughs like Knowsley and Sefton “flooding into Liverpool” and making it harder for local drivers to work. 

He said: “If we get evidence of these types of activities then we will take action - we are doing lots of work at the moment to clamp down on things like this and I would ask all Liverpool licensed cabbies to provide us with evidence.”

He said: “I have been calling for a city-region wide approach because currently people are allowed to travel from one borough to another and one city to another - we have cabs swamping Liverpool and we are the ones who have to police them.

“It is an absurd system and we are overwhelmed at the moment - on match days we are seeing drivers coming from Manchester, Leeds and York to take business off Liverpool drivers.”

He added: “Our drivers pay license fees in Liverpool and when they are trying to make ends meet but can’t work at the weekend because the city is swamped with outside drivers - it really makes me angry.”

The city council has been clamping down on the illegal activities of private hire drivers in the city. 

Hundreds of drivers have been snared for offences including drugs and driving without insurance.

Driverless Shuttle Crashes In Vegas...Within An Hour Of It's Launch

As the technology that powers them advances, autonomous vehicles are getting safer all the time. But with human drivers still on the road, there are bound to be incidents and accidents for many years to come. And some of these will cross the technological divide.

Take the driverless shuttle service that launched on public roads in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday. Just an hour into its operation, the vehicle crashed. But it wasn’t the fault of the technology powering it (allegedly)

The self-driving shuttle reportedly stopped when the truck suddenly appeared in front of it, but the semi-truck continued along its path, causing it to knock into the front corner of the shuttle.

There were several passengers aboard the autonomous vehicle when it crashed, though fortunately no one was injured and there was little damage to the two vehicles.driverless shuttle crash las vegas

The free service is part of a year-long pilot project launched this week by the AAA and transportation management company Keolis. Its goal is to learn more about how the public respond to driverless vehicles and how the technology fares in a real-world environment. No, it’s not the start the operator had been hoping for.

The electric shuttle is the work of French tech firm Navya, which has also been testing its autonomous vehicle in other parts of the U.S.. It holds up eight passengers, with seat belts mandatory during a ride. It can reach 27 mph, though will be traveling much more slowly on its Las Vegas journeys. As with other vehicles of its type, Navya’s shuttle uses a variety of systems to help it move safely along, including lidar and GPS technology. There’s no driver on board but there is an engineer who makes sure the shuttle operates as it should.

A similar driverless shuttle service has been operating in Vegas since the start of the year, and the one launched this week is an expanded version of it.

The details of this week’s accident are still sketchy, but it’ll be interesting to learn if the shuttle could’ve been in a position to take more effective avoiding action had its on-board computers been programmed differently, or if the collision was unavoidable. The majority of Americans are still skeptical about driverless-vehicle technology, and incidents like this will do little to help, but as the technology improves and people become more familiar with its potential, the public is expected to warm to the idea.


We don't need autonomous vehicles to up the road traffic accident statistics. We've got uber drivers doing this already 

Vicarage Crescent, SW11.

Pittsburgh's Yellow Cabs Adopting ... If You Can't Beat'em, Join'em.

Taxi companies across the U.S. waged a bitter, high-profile battle to keep Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. from bringing the sharing economy to cabs.

They lost.

Now the cabbies are adopting an "if-you-can’t-beat-them, join-them" strategy.

Pittsburgh Yellow Cab, for example, rebranded itself last year as zTrip. A century-old fixture in Steel City, it launched an app and offered a hybrid of services: accepting cash along with credit cards, letting rides be hailed from a corner or scheduled online and forgoing Uber’s controversial surge pricing during peak periods.

"The pie’s bigger," said Jamie Campolongo, the company’s president. "So why not get over in that segment?"

Campolongo was able to do that, in part, because of regulatory changes the ride-sharing companies championed. Uber and Lyft have spent millions of dollars to win approval for their web-based business model in nearly all 50 states. In many cases, this allowed them to escape more onerous regulations put on cab companies, such as background checks with fingerprinting and requirements to carry commercial insurance.

The effort changed both industries. Across the "rides" industry, the number of independent contractors has grown by 174 percent in five years, compared with only 21 percent for cab company drivers, according to a Brookings Institution analysis. Along the way, as in other industries disrupted by technologies, the ride-sharing services drove some old-line taxi companies into bankruptcy while clearing the way for others to compete with them head-to-head.

"A perfect example for us was the last home Steelers game,” Campolongo said. His company had 300 of its cabs out along with 126 independent contractors to ferry football fans around. "We would have never had 426 cars on the road. The ebb and flow of this business allows the company to kind of expand and contract."

The Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association, the industry’s leading trade group, once fought ride-sharing, going as far as starting a website "Who’s Driving You?"questioning the safety of passengers using the services.

Now the new head of the TLPA, Michael Pinckard, believes it is the industry’s future.

"It’s obviously clear for the last 12 months that TNCs and ride-sharing are here to stay," Pinckard said. "I think it’s safe for people to begin adopting those differences in their business models without fear of being regulated out of business."

The owners of C&H Taxi in Charleston, West Virginia, thought about letting drivers use their own cars back in the 1980s, when MTV and Pac-Man were cultural crazes and long before smartphones and apps were on the radar. There was only one problem -- it was illegal.

"We were never allowed to," said C&H owner Jeb Corey. "So when Uber started lobbying the legislature to offer their version of service here in West Virginia, it basically gave us the potential to do those things now."

Ride-sharing companies began their push in California in 2013, where the state’s Public Utilities Commission released the country’s first state-level regulations for the industry, using the term "transportation network companies" or "TNCs" to define the services as distinct from taxi and limousine companies.

In the years since, 43 states and Washington, D.C., have passed broad-based laws governing everything from permits and fees to background checks. The vast majority have used the TNC designation to define and regulate the companies’ activities, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. 

Another five states -- Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington -- have laws that only address insurance requirements. Only two states -- Oregon and Vermont -- stand between Uber and Lyft and the completion of an extraordinarily rapid shift in regulation across the country.

Lobbying States
The two companies spent a combined $14 million on state lobbying from 2012 to 2016, a figure that represents more than 75 percent of the money spent by the entire taxi industry over that period, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. In so doing, they have completely upended the traditional cab sector and driven many companies out of business. But they have also opened the door for more competitors.

Despite a year of scandals and lawsuits, Uber is still the world’s most valuable startup on paper at $70 billion. And with a planned $1 billion investment this year led by Alphabet Inc., Lyft would be valued at $11 billion. Both companies still enjoy an important advantage over their competitors: scale. Uber and Lyft work the same in New York, Chicago and San Francisco as they do in small towns and cities around the nation. And now they are just about everywhere.

But by bringing sweeping changes to the regulatory environment, they made it even easier for competitors to enter the market. Now, cab companies from Phoenix to Pittsburgh are using the new TNC designation to create hybrid companies that can function like traditional cab companies and TNCs. The owners of these businesses contend that they enjoy some important advantages as well.

Corey and Campolongo petitioned regulatory agencies in their states to allow them to operate like an ordinary cab company -- dispatching cars from a central location and picking up street hails -- and as a TNC -- connecting riders and drivers via a smartphone app.

In states that have changed the rules, there is hope that this new hybrid model will allow traditional cab companies to survive in some form. In other places, however, taxi operators describe a bleak competitive landscape where they are permanently disadvantaged by outdated regulations.

“The 'if you can’t beat ‘em - join ‘em' concept may work for large incumbent taxi and limo companies, but with the high licensing fees and costs associated with insurance, most taxicab fleets and almost no individual drivers could afford to become licensed as TNCs,” said Matthew Daus, a lawyer and former New York City Taxi & Limousine Commissioner and Chairman.

"The rulemakers have woken up to the fact that they can’t regulate Uber and Lyft out of existence, but at the same time I think cab companies start out with a legacy problem," said Aswath Damodaran, a professor at the New York University Stern School of Business.

New Competitors
For Uber and Lyft, the emergence of hybrids highlights a threat to their business: It’s relatively easy to get into. The completion of an ambitious project to legalize the ride-sharing model from coast-to-coast will only enhance this threat. Meanwhile, the companies still haven’t reached profitability.

"As long as there are two players in the game, it’s very difficult for either player to make money," Damodaran said.

In the end, the regulatory relief Uber and Lyft had to seek in order to operate in the vast majority of states will open them up to new competition, according to Bruce Greenwald, a Columbia Business School professor and value investor.

"They’re damned if they do and they’re damned if they don’t," Greenwald said. "So I don’t think that there’s a good outcome for them.”

Source : Bloomberg 

Taxi Leaks Extra Bit : 
We had this plan in our grasp, but not one of our representative orgs believed in it. 
Also, TfL thought Maxxi would encourage people off the tubes and buses, so they put insurmountable hurdles in its way. 
Then along came the multi billion dollar Uber, promising the world. Top Tories were promised top jobs with their investors.....The chumocracy was born, and TfL lapped it up. 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Uber Driver Charged With Murdering Children While Mother Slept.

The scarred defendant appeared in the dock wearing a sweatshirt and a white bandage wrapped around his head.

Uber driver father, 47, who is accused of suffocating his two young children and trying to kill his wife by dousing their home with petrol then setting it alight denies murder

Endris Mohammed denies the murders of Saros Endris, 8, and his sister Leanor, 6
An Uber driver killed his two young children by smothering them with a petrol-soaked rag as their mother slept upstairs, a murder trial has heard.

Jurors were told Endris Mohammed carried out the killings during a 'sleepover' in the lounge and then fled in his Minicab, leaving his wife to discover the lifeless bodies of eight-year-old Saros Endris and his sister Leanor, aged six.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the youngsters, who had suffered chemical burns to their faces, were found on a sofa and a mattress after their mother Penil Teklehaimanot was woken by a smoke alarm.

Mohammed, 47, denies the murder of both children and the attempted murder of their mother, but admits being responsible for the deaths.

Opening the case against Mohammed, prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC said repeated efforts were made to revive the children outside their home in Holland Road, Hamstead, Birmingham.

The barrister told the court: 'Police and fire services were swift to arrive. A small fire inside the front door of the address had been put out and the area smelled strongly of petrol.

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One Rule For Licensed Taxi Drivers And A Different One For Uber Employees

In a week were we learned that TfLTPH failed miserably in contacted the 13,000 Uber drivers with fake criminal record certificates (which we were informed they would complete within 28 days) and in fact only managed to contact 2,621, we shouldn't be at all surprised about this next item!!!

Let’s go back to the end of last year. 
A licensed Taxi driver saw TfL directors having a meal outside a restaurant in Mount Street.

Having parked safely, he walked back to the restaurant and video'd a group who included a couple of TfL Director’s sitting in the street, a public place. 

The driver then posted the video on his twitter account. 

Now fast forward to this year...
5 Uber drivers decided to take advantage of a fraudulent scam, thought up by a 19year old.

Back to the licensed Taxi driver.
He was reported to the Met Police who said he had broken no laws and so would it be charged with any offence. 

The 5 Uber drivers were charged and found guilty, givens prison sentence that was suspended. 

Now here is the million dollar question......
Who would you say, deserves to have their licence revoked ?

Watch Sean's Video, click this link  

Now don’t forget, this is Mike Browns TfL we are dealing with. 
So you shouldn’t be surprise to know that (as of today) only one driver has had his licence revoked and that is the Licensed Taxi driver. 

Just before posting this article, we checked and all the Uber drivers are are still listed as private hire drivers. 

According to the online TfL Private Hire Driver Checker, these drivers:
 Michael Julien, 50, Dan-Alexandru Pasat, 29, Kamlesh Sagoo, 62, Ibrahim Tekagac, 35, and Mihai Toader, 32,
are still licensed as PH drivers tonight and could be out there fraudulently ripping off unsuspecting members of the public.

16:00pm, 8th November 2017: All five still showing as licensed PH on TfL website !!! 
What do you have to do to get your PH licence revoked?
Apparently theft and fraud isn't enough....

TfL asked why these drivers are still registered as private hire drivers?

Not reply from TfLTPH.

Also this week:
we've seen another example of one rule for private hire operators and another stricter rule for Taxi drivers. 

We've written many times on Taxi leaks about the inaction of TfL over the Rugby World Cup livery on Addison Lee's vans. 

Although they were told to remove, they ignored until their contract was completed. TfL informed Taxi Leaks that no action was taken against the Minicab firm. 

This week we saw Transport for London say "Free Balochistan" adverts put up by a human rights charity must be removed from black cabs in London.

It's been alleged that the Pakistani government has put unfair pressure on the Foreign Office (Boris Johnson's department) to get Transport for London, which regulates black cabs, to remove the adverts.

Bit like the Tory Chumocracy putting pressure on TfL (in Boris Johnson's own words) to go easy on Uber's London operation. 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Uber Drivers Fleeced App Out Of £10,000 Using Stolen Credit Cards'

Five Uber drivers fleeced the instant hailing app out of £10,000 by taking bookings for rides paid for with stolen credit cards, a court heard. 

Onome Omonoseh, 19, coordinated the “sophisticated” scam by setting up fake customer accounts to book lengthy journeys, racking up large bills which were charged to stolen credit cards.

Drivers Michael Julien, 50, Dan-Alexandru Pasat, 29, Kamlesh Sagoo, 62, Ibrahim Tekagac, 35, and Mihai Toader, 32, collected the hefty fees, and paid Omonoseh in cash for his part in the scam. 

Southwark crown court heard Uber lost up to £10,000 to the fraud between February and December last year. 

Omonoseh, the “coordinator”, is only thought to have made £1,760 despite playing a leading role. 

“Mr Omonoseh was the main instigator of the frauds against Uber - creating bogus Uber customer accounts on the app and making bogus trips for which drivers were paid,” said prosecutor Stephen Requena.

“The details were taken from a website which sells credit card for fraudulent and criminal purposes.

“GPS location showed the mobile phone handset did not always travel with the drivers and in effect the fraud by Mr Omonoseh and the co-defendants was in collaboration.”

Judge Peter Ader, sentencing, said: “This was a sophisticated operation that took place over a period of time to defraud Uber of their commission and their fee. Each of of you played a part in this operation.”

He sentenced Omonoseh to eight months in a Young Offenders’ Institution and jailed Julien, who was involved in 17 fraudulent trips, for eight months.

Pasat, Tekagac, and Toader were each given six-month prison sentences suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £500 compensation each to Uber. 

Sagoo, who made the least amount of money from the scam, was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, and was told to pay Uber £486 in compensation. 

Omonoseh, from Islington; Julien, from Southwark; Pasat, from Ilford; Sagoo, of Neasden; Tekagac, from Enfield; and Toader, from Stevenage, Herts, admitted fraud by false representation.

Sources : The Standard, Daily Mail.