London taxi drivers warned of West London serial runner


London cab drivers have been warned of a serial prankster in west London after several reports of a well-dressed young man running a black cab runner without paying.

Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) executive SO, Lloyd Baldwin, said in the TAXI newspaper: “Recently on Taxi, I reported on a regular thug, operating in and around Cromwell Hospital. Our member Ray, who initially reported this to me, has now gone to the police station in Hammersmith and made a full statement. He was also asked if he was ready to appear in court, which he is. Hopefully that means the police are about to bite this repeat offender and stop him. to take a ride with hard-working cab drivers, once and for all. Ray told me he would keep me posted.

“Cromwell’s hospital seems to be a danger zone for us. I’ve had reports from another younger rider, who looks like someone else anyone working in the area should be watching out for.

“According to a driver who wrote, on Saturday June 5 at 3 pm this man hailed him outside Cromwell hospital. He asked to be taken to Harries Street, which is next to Kilburn Lane, and then to Paddington Station. During the ride, he mentioned that he was from Stoke and that he was a regular taxi user.

“When he arrived at Harries St, he told the driver he would quickly pick up his suitcase and come back. Instead of entering one of the houses, he walked to the corner of Kilburn Lane and appeared to be waving to someone in one of the apartments. He then continued, so the driver decided to turn around and look for him. There was no sign of him and after waiting 20 minutes the driver gave up and left.

“A friend of this driver has since confirmed that he too had been deceived by this man, after being stopped by him on Kensington High Street last winter. There have also been other reports on social media which appear to refer to the same man hailing drivers in the Westbourne Grove area.

“We are told that the biker, in his early forties, has bald blond hair and a stutter. It would appear that he looks respectable and usually wears smart casual clothes. Be on the lookout for him, as he appears to be another prolific biker! “


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