Taxi licensing audit was rated weak in January 2003

Oct 18, 2014, 12:44 PM, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England

In August, Milton Keynes Council's taxi licensing department was mired in controversy when it was revealed that taxi driver Nadeem Ahmed Kiani had been working in the city for three years - despite having convictions for rape and serious sexual assault. An internal investigation is still taking place into how such an error was allowed to happen, while two councillors who sat on the committee that granted Mr Kiani his licence, Gladstone McKenzie and Stuart Burke, have resigned from that committee. Subhan Shafiq, who vouched for Mr Kiani's character, also resigned from his role as Mayor of Milton Keynes. This week, I uncovered an audit report from January 2013 which rated the taxi licensing department as 'weak' and revealed 81 CRB checks were overdue. BBC Three Counties's Iain Lee spoke to former leader of the council, Andrew Geary, and former chairman of the audit committee, Rik Brackenbury, about the report...

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