Teenagers sentenced for racial abuse Date published: 17th May 2018 3.19pm

Three youths who racially abused a taxi driver have been sentenced.

The three boys, all age 16 from Crewe, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated intentional harassment.

The incident took place on Thursday 25 May 2017 when the victim, a 39-year-old taxi driver, collected a group of five teenagers from a restaurant in Lostock Gralam to take them back to the homes in Crewe.

On 25 May the teenagers appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court were they were handed youth referral orders and ordered to pay towards the court costs.

PC Kevin Nightingale said: “Throughout the investigation it was clear that the group had intentionally set out to abuse the taxi driver. The group bombarded the victim with racial abuse as soon as they got into the taxi.

“Despite multiple attempts by the driver to stop the abuse, the group continued to verbally abuse him and only stopped when police arrived at the scene.”

Nicholas Goulding, the owner of Club Class Travel, said: "The driver concerned was simply trying to carry out his job in a professional manner when he was subjected to a barrage of totally unwarranted racial and verbal abuse.

“I hope that these convictions send a strong message to anyone minded to harass taxi drivers in this way. The message is that the Police will take action and that the offender may be subject to legal action and criminal conviction."

Chief Inspector Simon Meegan added: “Racial abuse in any form of is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in Cheshire. We want people to feel safe and feel they can go about their business, no matter who they are, without fear of violence or threat.

“I’d encourage anyone who believes that they have been a victim of racial abuse, or any other form of hate crime, to call the team here at Cheshire Police on 101.”

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable talking to the police, you can report it online via True Vision (http://www.report-it.org.uk/home) or at a third party community reporting centre (https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/hate-crime/)