Council to scrutinise Milton Keynes taxi-gate tonight

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Councillors will scrutinise the actions which allowed a convicted rapist to be granted a taxi licence at a committee meeting tonight.

MK Council audit committee will also “examine all processes and procedures” associated with taxi licensing in Milton Keynes following the release of an internal report last week.

The report will be discussed and debated by members Margaret Burke, Peter Cannon, David Hosking, Robert Gifford, Peter McDonald, Brian White and Ric Brackenbury who will replace Councillor Stuart Burke at tonight’s meeting.

Mr Burke was chairman of MK Council’s licensing committee which renewed the licence of rapist Nadeem Ahmed Kiani - despite documentation detailing his four separate convictions for serious sexual offences.

He apologised for his actions in light of the document’s publication last week.

Speaking at the release of the report, MK Council’s chief executive Carole Mills said: “I commissioned this review in the light of the serious concerns brought to your attention in late August; both to understand how a convicted rapist had been granteda taxi licence and to examine all the processes and procedures associated with taxi licensing activities in our area.

“The Audit Committee will receive and examine the taxi licensing audit report when they meet [tonight].”

No outside bodies will be called in to investigate the scandal.