Apparently there is a grey Vito which often parks up in the drop off at kings cross station which allegedly has undercover police inside watching and nicking cab drivers using phones whilst on the station rank.
We've had cabbies both male and female violently mugged, yet when they called for police assistance, they were told “sorry no units in the area available".
In the early hours of Christmas Eve, Cabby Linda Morris fell victim to the Lisson Grove Mob.
She picked up a loan passenger by Dorset Square who directed her to the Lisson Grove area where four more of the gang jumped into the cab. Fearing for her safety, she drove to the flower station on the corner of Rossmore and Park Road where she sounded her horn and flashed her lights.
Another Taxi pulled up to assist and the mob ran off in the direction of the estate. But they had badly damaged the interior and had pulled down her credit card reader from its mount.....yet when she called the police, she was told there was "no units available" to help her.
A few weeks earlier, we had a terrifying acid attack on a driver sitting on the rank at Marylebone station.
But when he called 999 for help, he was told “sorry, no one available in the area to assist”.
He was advised to report the incident to the local police 'SHOP', between the hours of 9am-5pm....what ever happened to the 24 hour police force?
For over two years, drivers have had to be vigilant around the Lisson Grove area. Arrests have been made but the suspects released without charge and back out on the street within hours.
All around London we see gangs of young men stabbing each other to death, children at risk from pedophiles, drugs openly sold on street corners, grooming gangs using drugs on young females and selling them into a life of prostitution... and yet the police, in their infinite wisdom, would rather mount surveillance operations to nick cabbies sitting in a queue on a Taxi rank, not even driving.
This is scandalous and should be addressed by our orgs which appear to be in a dream world of waiting and seeing rather than doing.
Perhaps it’s time to rethink the value of actually paying subs to what appear to be benign representative organisations.