Assault claim puts taxi driver’s licence under threat

Chief Inspector Andy Clare, Local Commander for the Scottish Borders.
Chief Inspector Andy Clare, Local Commander for the Scottish Borders.
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Police have called for a Galashiels taxi driver to have his licence suspended after he allegedly punched a council worker.

Scottish Borders Council’s civic government licensing committee will consider the case of Jacek Zwizchlewski at tomorrow’s meeting.

In a letter to the committee from Chief Inspector Andrew Clark, it is alleged that Mr Zwizchlewski approached the council worker who was removing weeds at 4.15am on June 26 at Hawthorn Road, Galashiels.

Having asked the SBC employee to stop, which was refused, it is claimed Mr Zwizchlewski threw a broom through the worker’s lorry windscreen and punched him on the side of the head.

Mr Zwizchlewski denied the assault and vandalism of the vehicle, with enquiries ongoing into the incident, but he was charged by police with attempting to pervert the course of justice by allegedly giving a false name.

Police are also objecting to a late licence application from Istanbul takeaway in Hawick. Owner Hasan Barskanmay wishes to extend his hours, including a closing time of 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

But Inspector John Scott reports that there have been 37 anti-social incidents in the locality of the takeaway within a year, as pub-goers congregate in the area.