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Council anger after magistrate allows appeal over refusal of taxi licence

A Merseyside council has deplored a magistrate's decision to grant a taxi licence to a man convicted in 2006 of abducting a 15-year-old girl.

The case reported in the Liverpool Echo concerned former police officer Imran Ali..

Sefton’s taxi licensing panel had refused him a licence, but Mr Ali successfully appealed as magistrate Keith Elford found that he had built a business portfolio, started a family, significantly helped the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and his conviction was anyway many years old.

A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “The local authority considers that the safety of the travelling public is paramount.

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“We are bitterly disappointed with the decision the magistrates made. Clearly the local authority took the right decision based on information received and we are considering the next steps.”

Mark Smulian

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