The Met has sought to reassure cabbies in St John’s Wood and Lisson Grove by saying it is taking “covert and non-covert” action against a gang in Lisson Grove targeting taxi drivers.
Images have circulated on social media in the last few weeks of young men allegedly part of the gangs that target drivers,
Transport for London has also reminded drivers that they can turn down fares if they feel unsafe.
There’s fewer police officers, and after closures to police stations, there’s only one police station open in each borough overnight. That’s if when you get there you can convince officers to be interested in what’s going on.
You shouldn’t take social media as gospel, but there’s a lot of drivers talking about it on there and it keeps coming up again and again. They need to report it so police can take action,” he said.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “We are currently unable to comment on any ongoing operational activity but officers who regularly patrol this area are aware of a number of offences of theft from cab drivers over the last few months.
When such crimes are reported they will be investigated appropriately to secure evidence to support a prosecution.”
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