This was taken from the Answer Bank Forum were someone called Churchill 123, was nicked by the keystone cops for touting.
What chance have we got when the cops try to nick touts in this manner, with no grasp of the law in which they are trying to in force.
Is it any wonder that the cops turn a blind eye to the law breaking that goes on by touts ranking up outside most venues in London,operators touting with clipboards outside most venues in London, which is creating a breeding ground for sexual predators outside these venues, because the operators drivers are standing outside on the pavement waiting for jobs touted by the man in a high vis jacket outside the venue.
We know the cops can’t Enforce the Law because of all the above is prevalent outside most venues in London.
Or IS there a bigger picture? or are they being held back by the courts?
It now seem’s that something that was put in place (satellite offices) to help the public get home safely, is now having the reversed effect.
54% rise in sexual assaults in London 2010.
If this post is true and we have no reason to disbelieve this post has it is a legal site, where other posters are legal reps in one way or other, the Keystone Cops are a long way off to sorting this mess out .
I was charged with taxi touting last week. I was walking towards my car when a man pretending to be lost approached me whilst i was waiting to cross the rd towards my parked car. I asked him if he was ok as he looked lost and confused. He said he was lost as he was not from the area and that he was trying to get to his hotel in kings cross , london. I pointed out to him he was walking in the opposite direction and that he had to walk the other way to get to kings cross stn. He seemed genuinely lost. As i was going past kings x stn on my way home and it was only 500 metres away i said to him il drop him off there where he can get his bearings again and find his way from there as he claimed he would. No mention of any reward or money was made by anyone. I was going to do it as a act of kindness. I like to think if i was in a large city like london and was lost being from another area someone would direct me and help me like i was willing to do. Anyway as we walked towards my car he pulled out a warrant card and identified himself to be a policeman. He arrested me, handcuffed me, and placed me at the back seat of my car. He then prepared a statement on the roadside and asked me to sign it, which i refused. We then went to police stn and interview was conducted. In interview we contradicted each other as to who approached who. Also i asked him to confirm if i had asked for any money or did he offer any money in return for a lift. He confirmed i NEVER. He also confirmed that he DID say he was lost and was looking to get to kings cross. I was still charged with taxi touting. After interview he changed in his behaviour towards me. Pre interview he was cocky, confident and friendly. Post interview hee was seething because i asked him if money was involved in our convos. Presumably no money or reward=no touting or very difficult to prove!! Will this get thrown out of court do you think? Feedback would be grateful….thanks
When i was arrested and waiting for transport to take me back to the police station the officer did ask me if i had been arrested for this kind of thing before i.e taxi touting…to which i replied NO. He then said in that case you will probably get a caution etc..before asking me to sign a prepared statement in the back of my car while handcuffed. I refused to do this. This happened at 3.20am! i was returning home from a gig in central london which my cousin was performing at. I only stopped to get food from Macdonald in corner of Oxford street junction with t.ct rd when this incident occurred. The Macdonald’s unknown to me was not a 24hrs one but one that closed at 3am! i was arrested at about 3.20am. Also when we went back to the station the officer who arrested me was not authorised to use LIVESCAN. The duty Sergent told him everyone who works for met police is authorised to use it and that he was going to put him on the system in due course. In the meantime he was to use a fellow officers i.d to log into the system. Another thing i should mention is that while this officer was asking me for directions there was no other police officer around, so its his version of events against mine. The one thing i managed to was get him to admit about the money and the fact he claimed to have been lost on tape which i knew would be the only thing that could determine whether i was touting or not. I do feel disappointed. I appreciate touts are a problem. Indeed since my arrest i learnt that whole area around charing x rd and Shaftesbury ave has a touting problem which if im honest ive never really noticed. After the officer turned off the interview tape he literally turned colour, huffing and puffing. I think he realised about the money, as well as the lost story he claimed was now on tape. Im surprised he still charged me literally 5/6 minutes after interview. They placed me in a cell for no more than 4/5 minutes when he came back and took me to desk sergent and charged me.
19:01 Wed 29th Sep 2010