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Kidnappers, sex attackers & killers applied for North Wales taxi licence.

KILLERS, sex attackers, kidnappers and dangerous drivers applied for taxi driver licences in North Wales, according to new data.

Details released by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for 2015-16 showed hundreds of applicants had previous convictions under their belts.

One conviction was for manslaughter in Wrexham while there were two convictions each for kidnapping in Denbighshire and Wrexham.

Fifteen people from the region who were brought before the courts for dangerous driving.

In Flintshire, there was a conviction for causing death by dangerous driving and one for causing death by reckless driving in Denbighshire.

Overall across the region there were 16 applicants with convictions for indecent assault on women over 16 and eight for indecent assaults on girls aged under 14.

There were two convictions for underage sex in Gwynedd and one for inciting gross indecency with a boy under 16 in Flintshire.

Out of 1,153 applications 282 were from people with convictions. Those 282 individuals racked up a total of 1,895 convictions between them.

However, having a criminal conviction does not automatically bar applicants from gaining a taxi licence.

Each council has discretion over whether or not crimes affect the application process.

All applicants for new or renewed hackney carriage or private hire licences must obtain a DBS check.

The Daily Post approached Wrexham County Council to establish how the authority decides which applicants with previous convictions are considered suitable to hold a taxi driver's licence and which are not.

At the time of publication a response had not yet been received from the council.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Jun 5, 2017
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