Denbighshire News, Local News & Archive — March 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm — Updated: March 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Anti-child abuse training: taxi drivers face council probe

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Eleven Denbighshire taxi drivers will face a council probe to explain why they didn’t take mandatory training for spotting child abuse.

Councillors decided on Wednesday morning to convene a special meeting after more than 97% of the county’s drivers attended courses introduced in the wake of the Rotherham scandal.

A report claims five of the drivers were unlicensed at the time 17 hour-long sessions were held in Rhyl, Denbigh and Ruthin involving involving police, social services and licensing officers. Another driver said he was unable to attend because he had another day job, while another was out of the country.

The licensing committee hearing in Ruthin decided against several other options, including suspending or revoking the drivers’ licences. An awareness event will also be held for new drivers who have yet to take the courses.

The training was introduced after the council took consideration of the Jay Report into the grooming and exploitation of over 1400 girls in Rotherham. So far, twenty people have been jailed for rape, assault, false imprisonment and conspiracy to secure prostitutes.

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