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BLACK CAB DRIVERS have welcomed a ruling by the High Court to overturn a decision by the Parole Board to grant taxi rapist John Worboys early release from prison.

Perry Richardson, a licensed London taxi driver and founder editor of the TaxiPoint trade publication, said that Worboys had, “Tainted an industry that is built on trust”.

Mr Richardson added:

John Worboys was a hideous predator that sadly any industry could have been harbouring. Thankfully, the public have been very supportive and have realised that this was a highly unusual crime within our trade.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has also welcomed the decision to keep Worboys in prison saying that it would reassure both his victims and Londoners.

In a statement, the mayor stressed that keeping Londoners safe was his priority and that he would do everything in his power to keep Londoners safe form harm.”

Mr Richardson added: “It is important that Sadiq Khan shows the public that he is serious when it comes to the safety of Londoners. Whilst the disturbing and awful crimes surrounding John Worboys took place some years ago, the real focus has been on the judicial system and making sure that victims remain confident in the criminal justice system.”

Steve-McNamaraSteve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said:

We are relieved that the High Court made the right call and overruled the Parole Board’s baffling decision to release Worboys early from prison.

“He is a vile predator and should be left to rot behind bars for the terrible and unforgiveable crimes he has committed. He shouldn’t have been granted release in the first place and must never be allowed back on our streets, for the safety of his victims and the wider public.”

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