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Taxi drivers remained locked in cabs following verbal abuse from passenger

The offences were committed in New Hedges

Two taxi drivers were left fearing for their safety after being verbally assaulted by an irate passenger who refused to pay his fee.

Richard Windsor climbed into the cab at New Hedges near Tenby on the evening of August 7, 2022.

“When he was told that the charge for the ride was £13, the defendant refused to pay,” Crown Prosecutor Simone Walsh told Haverfordwest magistrates earlier this week.

“He got angry and started punching out at the cars, causing damage to them.”

Becoming increasingly concerned for his personal safety, the taxi driver called a work colleague to assist him.

“But when the second taxi driver arrived, Richard Windsor became increasingly angry, with the result that both drivers remained inside their vehicles for fear of being assaulted.”

When police arrived at the scene, Windsor, 52, then turned his anger towards the officers, causing further criminal damage to a police vehicle.

Windsor, of Bettws, Newport in Gwent pleaded guilty to two charges of causing criminal damage to the taxis and a further charge of causing criminal damage to the police vehicle.

He admitted a further charge of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to the taxi drivers and police officers.

After listening to the evidence, district judge Mark Leyton adjourned sentencing for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service.

He was released on unconditional bail. Sentencing will take place at Haverfordwest Magisrates Court on March 15.