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scott.kirk published intu Milton Keynes sees new-look Starbucks re-open


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bFMFMe Shoppers visiting Midsummer Place yesterday (23 August) were the first to set eyes on the centre's new-look Starbucks store, which has undergone an extensive refurbishment over the past three weeks.To celebrate the re-opening, shoppers were able to join the store's team at a Mad Hatters Tea Party which took place in the shopping centre's courtyard. The store's baristas were on hand to offer thirsty shoppers samples of the popular new Teavana™ iced tea range. READ MORE: INTU MILTON KEYNES:...

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scott.kirk published 3 ways Milton Keynes Council wants to tackle homelessness as it...


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http://ift.tt/1MFZTji August 26, 2016 at 12:44PM

Credit Card Readers In Passenger Compartment. An Open Letter From Alan Fisher.


Credit card readers in the passenger compartment

I wrote the following letter 7 weeks ago and emailed it to London Mayor Khan, Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross, London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon, Minister of Transport Chris Grayling, London’s transport Commissioner Mike Brown, MP for Kensington and Chelsea Lady Victoria Borwick, TfL General Manager Helen Chapman as well as TfL’s Leon Daniels, Garrett Emerson and Peter Blake. A copy was also sent to the Dial-a-Cab Board and DaC driver David Lessman as a former Chairman of children’s charity, LTFUC. It was also published in the last issue of Call Sign...

I am addressing this email to everyone named above and would hope that my case is written clearly enough to understand. If it isn't, that is due in totality to the anger I feel towards Transport for London with regard to the appalling treatment given to Dial-a-Cab by an organisation that I have always assumed wanted all transport vehicles under its umbrella to work in a safe environment.
But apparently that doesn't apply to London's taxi fleet, justifiably said to be the world's best. And much thanks for that must go to TfL's predecessors, the Public Carriage Office. Yes, there was a certain amount of fear attached to their presence, but that was in addition to respect.

The fact that I edit Dial-a-Cab's in-house magazine, Call Sign, comes second to my pride at being a licensed London taxi driver for over 45 years. However, I’m also ashamed to be connected to an organisation like TfL who have shown beyond doubt that they care not a jot for this trade and that if any of our number were to be attacked and hurt, then that is nothing to do with them.
In other words, TfL doesn't care if we get hurt and they are attempting to prove it because if their plans go through, then some of our number will be hurt - possibly seriously.

What I'm talking about in case some on this list don't know - and I have no doubt that not everyone does - is all to do with TfL's insistence on London taxi drivers accepting credit cards.
That decision is undoubtedly correct. Like many on Dial-a-Cab, I have already been carrying out CC rides for years via our system and with street CC trips for several years ever since we have had fixed CC readers (PEDS) fitted into our taxis with the holster placed handily by our left shoulder and easily fitting through the gap in the partition for the passenger to put in the card and insert their pin.
But astonishingly, even though it was TfL that passed the DaC PED in that position some five years ago at a substantial cost to DaC, I have now been informed that TfL want the PED to be placed in the passenger compartment. That would mean that if three semi-drunk passengers at two in the morning said that the PED wasn’t working, then the driver will have to get out and check it.

I’m sure I don't need to explain what that could mean to any driver being put into that position. Robbery? Bruising? Stabbing? I'm not interested in whether it has or hasn't yet happened. It will somewhere down the line. But why? The PED is excellently placed in a safe position and all it needs is an approved sign on the passenger side of the partition that says the driver accepts credit cards. Why should we be put in danger every time someone comes up with a problem? Most are genuine and I am usually able to sort them out fairly easily, but there is no way on God's earth that I am going to get into the back of my taxi with people I may not even trust.

I often get out to help passengers with bags or women with babies and prams. But would I get into the back of a taxi with an unaccompanied female passenger and take the chance of being accused of an offence against her person? No I wouldn't in either case and I won't. If that means going to court to explain why I don’t want to put myself in danger when it is totally unnecessary to do so because our current system caters for all eventualities, then that is what I will have to do. I have already upset my wife when telling her what TfL wants us to do.

Feel free to look at my record as a taxi driver, which actually goes back several years before my May 1971 taxi beginning encasing my time with London Transport. I give you all permission. You won't find one complaint. You won’t find me down as a trouble maker; I am just a taxi driver who believes that this is the best taxi service in the world and who does his best to provide an excellent service to his passengers.

But apparently TfL are going to force me into deciding whether my safety is as important as credit card acceptance. I want to accept CCs but not if there is the possibility of putting myself in danger.
I also know of one case where a passenger that had failed to secure their seat belt was catapulted forward hitting their head onto a PED case in the rear. It was only at the driver’s insistence that he should have buckled up that a complaint didn't go any further. But that isn't my complaint; I am purely pointing it out as a secondary reason. Perhaps there have been no official reports of it happening, more because our drivers are excellent and unlike the competition, do not need to look at satnavs rather than the road ahead.

But that is a million miles from unnecessarily insisting that drivers may have to go into the passenger compartment if the passenger says there is a problem with the PED. As I have said, it won't be me and if I am forced to do as TfL insist, then the world will know how I feel via our justice system and the newspapers - one of which reported on the 154 alleged sex attacks on their passengers by cab drivers and of whom I would stake my house on that none were taxi drivers. However, I would expect the number of taxi drivers being attacked to go up after being lured into the rear of the cab under the pretence of the CC PED not working.
I find it so difficult to understand that our so-called licensing authority is happy to put us in danger, because an excuse that it hasn't happened yet is just not good enough. It will happen.
I used to write to TfL whenever one of my Call Sign readers asked me a question that I believed they could answer, but I cannot remember the last time anyone from that organisation bothered responding to me. However, my views are now known and hopefully will at least be read and the feelings of myself and many other drivers will be looked at sympathetically, because I just cannot believe that any organisation would do what TfL are proposing.

I have sent this lengthy email to several people including Deputy Chair at Transport Val Shawcross, TfL, Caroline Pidgeon at the Transport Committee, the Mayor's office, two former Chairman of the London Taxi Drivers Fund for Underprivileged Children, Victoria Borwick as a hopefully interested MP and former member of the Transport Committee and someone who knows much about how this trade operates. I have also forwarded it to members of the DaC Board of Management who in all fairness should know my views as Editor.
Alan Fisher


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via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2ce3oXR Living Archive in Milton Keynes has revealed its seventh edition of the Wolverton On Film series in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday.This film tells the story of generations of craftsmen and women in Wolverton and their unique relationship with successive generations of the Royal Family, whose trains they have produced, maintained and staffed for nearly 150 years. READ MORE: Rugby World Cup inspires book and website launch by Milton Keynes Living Archive'The Royals - Wolverton on Film 7'...

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MILTON KEYNES CITY TAXIS SAFETY SPOT CHECK FAILURES

Taxi spot check in Milton Keynes found ‘majority’ had defects

10:55Thursday 04 February 2016

Spot checks on city taxis revealed more than half the vehicles had defects so serious that they were not fit to be on the road, the Citizen can reveal.

The faults found included defective tyres, dodgy lights, leaking oil and even a loose passenger door.

The checks, carried out by police and council licensing officers last Wednesday, went under the code name of Operation Charlie.

Some 26 private hire vehicles and Hackney carriages were stopped as they drove about the roads of Milton Keynes.

Fourteen had a full mechanical examination at the council’s testing centre – and serious defects were found on all of them.

“They were immediately suspended from being used as private hire vehicles until the defects were rectified,” said a council spokesman.

One cab, licensed by South Northants District Council but driving in MK, was found to have 10 separate defects.

The council said the aim of the operation was to “proactively tackle” vehicle defects found among taxis in the city.

But it seems even police were surprised at the sheer volume of faults uncovered.

PS Simon Hills from the Roads Policing Unit said: “We are disappointed that the majority of private hire vehicles were carrying defects so serious the vehicles were suspended from being used in the private hire trade.

“It is vital that people have absolute confidence in the safety of private hire vehicles and Hackney taxis.”

Councillor Catriona Morris is chairman of the council’s Regulatory and Licensing Committees.

She said: “These routine council operations, in partnership with Thames Valley Police, are to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Milton Keynes.”


Read more: http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/taxi-spot-check-in-milton-keynes-found-majority-had-defects-1-7197492#ixzz3zf7HNpWU

 

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I wouldnt doubt it, if they were sharing and giving their cab to their un-licensed family members or friends to go out and earn and sit on the ranks

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11:45 AM on 04/02/2016

Might be worth checking the paperwork of some of the drivers to see if they are eligible to be here.


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Uber Driver Who Assaulted Taxi Driver, One Year suspended sentence, Fined £880, Ordered To Do 150 Unpaid Hours....Report from Marc Turner.


Yesterday (August 25th) at Highbury Magistrates Court, Uber driver Mohammed Dalim was found guilty by District Judge Nicholas Rimmer of One count of assault by beating.

Dalim was fined £680 Court costs and £200 compensation to Jon Cox, the Taxi driver Dalim punched in the back of the head at Kings Cross on 23rd March, this year. Dalim was given a one year suspended sentence and also ordered to serve 150 unpaid hours of work by 27 August 2017.

The hearing lasted approx two hours. 
Judge Rimmer deliberated for approx thirty minutes.

It was an intriguing case. At one point the Judge asked the temperature be lowered when Jon Cox locked horns with defending lawyer Joseph Lawrence. 

Star of the  proceedings was witness for the prosecution cabbie Lee Barron. Lee not only witnessed the accident, but intervened by braking up the fracas. 
Lee's performance was spellbinding. 
He made the defence lawyer look like an amatuer. Even the Judge looked impressed, and in his summing up spoke of how credible the prosecution witness was. 

Another nail in Dalim's coffin was a statement read out by the arresting officer PC Francis, who described the altercation as "one taxi driver punched another" (which just goes to show, even the police can't distinguish between Taxi & PH).

 Interestingly in Dalim's statement to Police on being read his car registration, he replied "I 'think' that's correct".

 Finally Mohammed Dalim, took to the stand. Previously a bus driver of twelve years, he explained he'd been with Uber for just over a year. But, in giving his side of events, he seemed to suffer persistent 'amnesia'. 
Prosecuting lawyer Lorna Ewen made short shrift of him.

Judge Rimmer described his testimony as 'vague'. 
Dalim's evidence appeared to revolve around a conspiracy theory, explaining "Everybody knows there's a war between Black Cabs & Uber, and I am a victim of this".

His delusion went as far as believing that Mr Barron and Mr Cox had coluded to set him up. 
No doubt he thought the police were in on it as well!! 

John Cox, Marc Turner and Sean Paul Day, outside the court

On a lighter note, the Clerk of the Court approached the press section of the gallery and exclaimed "I've never seen so many members of the press, why so much interest in my court"?...Included were Steve (LTDA), Gregg (The Sun), Marc Turner (Call Sign) and the irrepressible Sean Paul Day from London Taxi Radio. 
Marc Turner replied "This case has great significance and interest in the Taxi and Private Hire trades. 

The lady clerk questioned "Why"?.. Marc explained in hushed tones "Because the defendant's an 'Uber' driver". She came back with "Who's Uber"?.....To which Marc Turner declared his undying 'love' for her!!!! To laughs all round.


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scott.kirk published Watch Countryfile presenter Adam Henson open Floodplain Forest...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2cdVltW Countryfile presenter Adam Henson opened the new Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve in Old Wolverton last Thursday. The Parks Trust has converted 48 hectares of the Great Ouse Valley into the reserve, with the help of Hanson UK - the building materials company that helped extract sand and gravel deposits. The transformation of the reserve began with an initial idea 20 years ago, with work commencing in 2007. READ MORE: Countryfile presenter Adam Henson to open Milton Keynes Floodplain...

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http://ift.tt/1MFZTji August 26, 2016 at 10:57AM

MILTON KEYNES TAXI CHECKS

Spot checks on city taxis revealed more than half the vehicles had defects so serious that they were not fit to be on the road, the Citizen can reveal.

The faults found included defective tyres, dodgy lights, leaking oil and even a loose passenger door.

The checks, carried out by police and council licensing officers last Wednesday, went under the code name of Operation Charlie.

Some 26 private hire vehicles and Hackney carriages were stopped as they drove about the roads of Milton Keynes.

Fourteen had a full mechanical examination at the council’s testing centre – and serious defects were found on all of them.

“They were immediately suspended from being used as private hire vehicles until the defects were rectified,” said a council spokesman.

One cab, licensed by South Northants District Council but driving in MK, was found to have 10 separate defects.

The council said the aim of the operation was to “proactively tackle” vehicle defects found among taxis in the city.

But it seems even police were surprised at the sheer volume of faults uncovered.

PS Simon Hills from the Roads Policing Unit said: “We are disappointed that the majority of private hire vehicles were carrying defects so serious the vehicles were suspended from being used in the private hire trade.

“It is vital that people have absolute confidence in the safety of private hire vehicles and Hackney taxis.”

Councillor Catriona Morris is chairman of the council’s Regulatory and Licensing Committees.

She said: “These routine council operations, in partnership with Thames Valley Police, are to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Milton Keynes.”


Read more: http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/taxi-spot-check-in-milton-keynes-found-majority-had-defects-1-7197492#ixzz3zf5ZeWBv

 

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I wouldnt doubt it, if they were sharing and giving their cab to their un-licensed family members or friends to go out and earn and sit on the ranks

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Might be worth checking the paperwork of some of the drivers to see if they are eligible to be here.


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scott.kirk published intu Milton Keynes expansion plan to be look at in public meeting...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2boiiF0 A planning inspector will be looking into the expansion of intu Milton Keynes during a meeting open to the public on Tuesday, September 6.The inquiry will take place at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone from 10am.READ MORE: intu Milton Keynes: Planning application submitted to extend shopping centreIf approved, a new dining quarter, over two levels, will deliver a choice of places to eat in a relaxed and comfortable environment. A five-screen boutique cinema will provide a special experience...

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scott.kirk published Milton Keynes GCSE Results 2016: Sir Herbert Leon Academy achieve...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2blrjSv Sir Herbert Leon Academy students are celebrating the best Year 11 results for three years. The number of students achieving C grades in both English and Maths GCSE (Basics Measure) has doubled and our vocational results have increased significantly.Our highest performing Year 11 students were Raihaan Ali who secured 6 A*s, 3 As and 1 B grade, Cameron Sinclair who secured 2 A*, 2 As and 6 B grades, Rahima Hussain who secured 4 As, 5 Bs and 1 C grade and Dorina Csorba who gained 2 A*s, 3 As and 4...

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http://ift.tt/1MFZTji August 26, 2016 at 09:42AM

MILTON KEYNES CITY TAXIS SAFETY SPOT CHECK FAILURES

Taxi spot check in Milton Keynes found ‘majority’ had defects

10:55Thursday 04 February 2016

Spot checks on city taxis revealed more than half the vehicles had defects so serious that they were not fit to be on the road, the Citizen can reveal.

The faults found included defective tyres, dodgy lights, leaking oil and even a loose passenger door.

The checks, carried out by police and council licensing officers last Wednesday, went under the code name of Operation Charlie.

Some 26 private hire vehicles and Hackney carriages were stopped as they drove about the roads of Milton Keynes.

Fourteen had a full mechanical examination at the council’s testing centre – and serious defects were found on all of them.

“They were immediately suspended from being used as private hire vehicles until the defects were rectified,” said a council spokesman.

One cab, licensed by South Northants District Council but driving in MK, was found to have 10 separate defects.

The council said the aim of the operation was to “proactively tackle” vehicle defects found among taxis in the city.

But it seems even police were surprised at the sheer volume of faults uncovered.

PS Simon Hills from the Roads Policing Unit said: “We are disappointed that the majority of private hire vehicles were carrying defects so serious the vehicles were suspended from being used in the private hire trade.

“It is vital that people have absolute confidence in the safety of private hire vehicles and Hackney taxis.”

Councillor Catriona Morris is chairman of the council’s Regulatory and Licensing Committees.

She said: “These routine council operations, in partnership with Thames Valley Police, are to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Milton Keynes.”


Read more: http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/taxi-spot-check-in-milton-keynes-found-majority-had-defects-1-7197492#ixzz3zf7HNpWU

 

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11:45 AM on 04/02/2016

Might be worth checking the paperwork of some of the drivers to see if they are eligible to be here.


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OneMK published The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice begins on BBC Two


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bTxpJ3 After a long and painful wait, The Great British Bake Off is back which means An Extra Slice begins on BBC Two tonight (August 26).On the first episode of the latest series, Jo Brand examines the week's action and focuses on those who have shone, and those who failed to impress on the opening show.Using footage from The Great British Bake Off and behind the scenes conversations, An Extra Slice also features an interview with the baker who was first to leave the programme after struggling in cake...

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice begins on BBC Two

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Chris_Knight published Tribute paid to 'popular' Milton Keynes engineer killed in car...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2cd7Qq1 SA tribute has been paid to a 'popular' Milton Keynes engineer who was killed in a car crash on Monks Way last week.As OneMK previously reported, the A422 Monks Way was closed for several hours in both directions on Friday (August 19) following the crash.Daniel Wintle, 36, a father-of-four from Hesketh Road, Yardley Gobion, was pronounced dead at the scene after his black Vauxhall Astra came off the road and struck a metal fence.Ian Webb, managing director of Teekay Couplings in Bradwell Abbey...

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Chris_Knight published 8 revisions you need to know about new Milton Keynes development


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bTwWGF The South West Milton Keynes Consortium has submitted a package of revisions to its application for a new neighbourhood for Milton Keynes.As OneMK previously reported, the proposed scheme on land between the A421, Whaddon Road and the Oxford to Bletchley railway line, west of Far Bletchley, aims to help both Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes' growing housing needs as well as support Milton Keynes' ambitions for growth.Plans include up to 1,855 homes, of which up to 30 per cent will be affordable,...

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http://ift.tt/1MFZTji August 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

Credit Card Mandate...And The Curious Case Of The MetroCab....Letter To Taxi Leaks.


I have to agree with Alan Fleming comment on the previous post, relating to tfl and the safety of cab drivers, but then did they ever have a clue on that matter alone? 

No of course not, just turn up at the office, draw their huge over costed salaries and whilst they sip their lattes cab drivers have stress coming though their veins at heart busting amounts...cycle lanes balls ups...Uber balls ups... no choice of cabs to replace the ones they currently drive (due to emissions, over complication on long term business prediction evaporations) and now this credit card school boy sticky tape ideology dream... completely pathetic.

Leon Daniels should be fired immediately and his pension should be given to the homeless. In my humble opinion, he  would never himself sign the type of deal he expects us to work by.

Example:
If you signed a contract with any supplier of goods, eg....Virgin Media (I know them well), you will be given a statement of contract such as, Length of term, cost of service (per month in this case) and very importantly, penalties for breaches by either side.... which basically means if you do not fulfill your side of the contract you will legally be in breach of contract with financial penalties forthcoming, and likewise if the supplier changes inherent details such as costs to supply, you will have automatic rights of cancellation without financial penalty. 

That is the basis of a two party contract.

TFL however fits into an intimidatory role within a two party contract with the term "Mandatory" which rewrites the initial contract in the suppliers favour simply because you must have this to operate your business of employment.

Take the current situation with the MetroCab. 
If you sign a three year contract (which seems to be the 'approved' non choice by Taxi world) and if after 6 months into your three year contract they decide to charge a monthly fee of £10, wouldn't that material change invalidate any signed contract signed 6 months earlier (like any UK supplier?). 

The simple answer is no... as currently, there is no other package out there approved by TFL.

If you did decide that they were taking the pee and bailed out of your contract, as you would have every right to do, TFL will be waiting to invalidate your licence for non compliance and as I've said this before, a complete act of contractual duress... as you have no other choices available as a Metrocab owner.

Where are all these so called legal representatives, many Licensed Cab drivers have paid for years to represent them?

Why is the whole credit card mandate so irreversibly flawed with such juvenile ineptitude?
Can this be the same legal set up due to be challenged by Uber later in court? ...my god help us!

Someone out there, Legal, union, TFL, anyone. 
How on earth has this issue spiralled out of all proportions to the stage we are now at when hundreds or maybe thousands of cabs will never be fitted with card processing equipment approved by an authority (TFL) unless they understand that in a two way contract, ...a supplier has to attract a willing customer, and a taxi user must have a willing participant of trade i.e. a card processing facility. Whatever pressures TFL apply, a whole litany of broken card machine excuses will hit our customers and damage the facility of choice and damage our user accessibility. This will clearly not do our trade any good.

So remove the red tape bureaucracy and help taxi drivers to be happy to take card payments without TfL's unwelcome meddling.

My advice is, don't sign any contract...unless you can leave without penalty if the supplier changes any of the financial detailing to suit themselves.

Be Lucky

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OneMK published Milton Keynes walker raising money for Willen Hospice in memory...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bkal6H Starting on September 4, Milton Keynes resident Stuart Overton-Grace is raising vital funds for Willen Hospice by walking the 110 mile Cleveland Way Trail in Yorkshire in memory of his mum.The route will take him across the Yorkshire Moors and down the North Yorkshire coastline.In 2012, Stuart's mum was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, and was referred to the care at Willen Hospice. She was cared for by the Hospice at Home team and in July 2014 came...

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OneMK published Milton Keynes couples can win wedding rings worth £2,000...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bmKrfv A Milton Keynes jewellers is giving loved-up locals the chance to win a pair of wedding rings worth £2,000 – in return for a snap of their proposal.Beaverbrooks on Midsummer Arcade is calling on local couples to share their 'engagement selfie', after finding that 42 percent of millennials capture the special moment to share with friends and family on social media.Gemma Moore, store manager at Beaverbrooks Milton Keynes, said: "Engagements are becoming almost as important as the...

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OneMK published Milton Keynes weather: What will the weather be like this Friday...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bmvyde After a rainy day in Milton Keynes, this Friday (August 26) is expected to be a warm and dry day.According to the Met Office, a peak temperature of 21 degrees is anticipated in the middle of the afternoon, and it will remain warm throughout the whole day.There could be showers overnight, but this is expected to clear up in time for the morning rush hour.Sunshine is anticipated throughout the rest of the day, and it will remain warm through the night and in to Saturday.For all the latest news in...

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Chris_Knight published Police remove abandoned coffins from Newport Pagnell road


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bjY02x Police have removed three empty coffins that were found abandoned on a Newport Pagnell road this afternoon (August 25).Thames Valley Police were called to the scene by members of the public on London Road at 1.45pm. SEE ALSO: Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Milton Keynes Three empty coffins were found abandoned, and were recovered by officers at the scene. Police have confirmed inquiries are ongoing at this stage.Did you see a forensics team working on the scene? Comment below...

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OneMK published Sunny Afternoon: Cast of show about The Kinks speak to OneMK


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bK4585 LAZING is the last thing that is happening on this cloudy morning in a rehearsal studio in east London. The cast of Sunny Afternoon, the hit musical based on the story and the songs of The Kinks, is working flat out prior to the start of the national tour of the show, which is coming to Milton Keynes from Tuesday, August 30, and OneMK dropped into rehearsals for a chat with them.Has Ray Davies been around while you've been working on Sunny Afternoon?Garmon Rhys (Pete Quaife, bass player): Ray...

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OneMK published Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Milton Keynes


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bK4xDq Thames Valley Police has arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.The 25-year-old from Wolverhampton was arrested by officers today (Thursday, August 25).He is currently in police custody.It relates to an incident in which a woman was stabbed in a car park in Saxon Gate East.As previously reported by OneMK, police and scenes of crime officers were called to the car park near Milton Keynes Council's Civic Offices in CMK on Monday morning (August 22).SEE ALSO: Robber jailed for role in gang...

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Milton Keynes

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MILTON KEYNES CITY TAXIS SAFETY SPOT CHECK FAILURES

Taxi spot check in Milton Keynes found ‘majority’ had defects

10:55Thursday 04 February 2016

Spot checks on city taxis revealed more than half the vehicles had defects so serious that they were not fit to be on the road, the Citizen can reveal.

The faults found included defective tyres, dodgy lights, leaking oil and even a loose passenger door.

The checks, carried out by police and council licensing officers last Wednesday, went under the code name of Operation Charlie.

Some 26 private hire vehicles and Hackney carriages were stopped as they drove about the roads of Milton Keynes.

Fourteen had a full mechanical examination at the council’s testing centre – and serious defects were found on all of them.

“They were immediately suspended from being used as private hire vehicles until the defects were rectified,” said a council spokesman.

One cab, licensed by South Northants District Council but driving in MK, was found to have 10 separate defects.

The council said the aim of the operation was to “proactively tackle” vehicle defects found among taxis in the city.

But it seems even police were surprised at the sheer volume of faults uncovered.

PS Simon Hills from the Roads Policing Unit said: “We are disappointed that the majority of private hire vehicles were carrying defects so serious the vehicles were suspended from being used in the private hire trade.

“It is vital that people have absolute confidence in the safety of private hire vehicles and Hackney taxis.”

Councillor Catriona Morris is chairman of the council’s Regulatory and Licensing Committees.

She said: “These routine council operations, in partnership with Thames Valley Police, are to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Milton Keynes.”


Read more: http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/taxi-spot-check-in-milton-keynes-found-majority-had-defects-1-7197492#ixzz3zf7HNpWU

 

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jules smith

11:25 AM on 05/02/2016

I wouldnt doubt it, if they were sharing and giving their cab to their un-licensed family members or friends to go out and earn and sit on the ranks

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MrPowell

11:45 AM on 04/02/2016

Might be worth checking the paperwork of some of the drivers to see if they are eligible to be here.


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OneMK published Milton Keynes traffic: Congestion on the M1


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bjh0OL Commuters travelling to or from Milton Keynes this evening (August 25) will likely face delays to their journeys on the M1.M1Slow traffic is being reported northbound between junction 14 for the A509 and junction 15 for the A45.There is also congestion moving northbound between junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead and junction 9 for the A5.Milton KeynesAs it stands, there are currently no incidents on the roads which should cause drivers any substantial delays to their journeys.Traffic is moving...

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scott.kirk published Milton Keynes GCSE Results 2016: St Paul's Catholic School...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bl4TlW GCSE students at St Paul's Catholic School are celebrating success with the School achieving an overall rating of +0.56, according to the new Progress 8 measurement system. This measure means that on average pupils at St Paul's achieved about half a grade higher in each subject than was expected nationally.READ MORE: Milton Keynes GCSE Results 2016: Best results in three years for Ousedale SchoolFor Pupil Premium pupils this figure was +0.31 and for pupils with English as an Additional Language...

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scott.kirk published Milton Keynes GCSE Results 2016: Best results in three years for...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bRPjfk Year 11 students are to be congratulated on their performance in the 2016 examinations. Sue Carbert, Headteacher, said "The hard work put in by students and staff has been rewarded with over 72% of students achieving a C or better in English and Maths, an increase of 4% on 2015. We are immensely proud of all our students. The results are the best we have achieved in the last three years with 35% achieving at least 3 or more A/A*s and over 40% achieving A/A* in Biology, Physics and...

Milton Keynes GCSE Results 2016: Best results in three years for...

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Chris_Knight published Finding Dory film review: Is it a worthy sequel to Finding Nemo?


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bRPoiW Thirteen years after Nemo was found safe and sound, Pixar return to the ocean to deliver the enjoyable and emotional sequel Finding Dory.After playing the supporting role in the original, blue tang fish Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) takes centre stage in a mission to find her parents.Battling the odds and the limitations of her short-term memory loss, she is joined by adopted family Marlin and Nemo as the trio travel the wide ocean once again.SEE ALSO: Suicide Squad film review - starring...

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scott.kirk published Milton Keynes GCSE Results 2016: Record number of Stantonbury...


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bRPerU A record 700 Stantonbury Campus students received GCSE exam results today including students in Year 9 and 10 who have been able to take high level qualifications before they get to Year 11.Our Year 11 5 x A* -C with English and maths pass rate of 51%, is a 5ppts improvement on last year's results with a similar increase of 6ppts in the five A* - C pass rate of 58%. As more and more of our students challenge themselves with rigorous academic qualifications, we are particularly pleased by the...

Milton Keynes GCSE Results 2016: Record number of Stantonbury...

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Chris_Knight published Drug dealer supplying Milton Keynes jailed


via OneMK All Content Feed http://ift.tt/2bRPlE5 A drug dealer supplying Milton Keynes who was captured after being chased by police dogs and a helicopter has been jailed.Micah Gordon, aged 18, of Napier Road, London, was driving a green Volkswagen Golf in Bradwell Common at about 11am on July 7.He was flagged down by officers, but instead he drove off at speed and was pursued by officers, driving dangerously in order to escape. SEE ALSO: Attempted murder investigation launched after Central Milton Keynes car park attackGordon then made off on...

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