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End of Uber? Taxi giant slammed for not reporting sex crimes

In one case of alleged sexual assault, the popular service continued to employ the driver, who then carried out a more serious sexual assault on a second woman passenger.

The app could now lose its licence in London, one of the 20 British cities it operates in.

The head of Met Police’s taxi unit claimed Uber was deciding what crimes to report.

Neil Billany said the company of only reporting less serious crimes in a letter seen by The Sunday Times.

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BLASTED: The popular app has been criticised by cops for not recording crimes

He accused Uber of “’allowing situations to develop that clearly affect the safety and security of the public” by keeping drivers’ crimes from police — including at least six sexual assaults on passengers.

Mr Billany said two public order offences and an assault also went unreported.

“Had Uber notified police after the first offence, it would be right to assume the second would have been prevented,” he added.

“The victims complained to Uber and were left ‘strongly under the impression’ it would tell police, but it did not do so.”

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UNREPORTED: Ubser has been accused of not reporting serious sexual assaults

“Any delay in reporting serious crimes is totally unacceptable ”

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In the year to February 2017, Scotland Yard recorded 48 alleged sexual assaults by Uber drivers reported by passengers.

Other allegations were made through Transport for London.

Mr Billany claimed the failure to report cases meant it was too late to prosecute by the time word reached police.

The claims come as Uber faces a licence review in London, one of hundreds of cities worldwide where the app-based car hire service operates.

Transport for London (TFL), which will determine whether to extend Uber’s licence, said the alleged failure was “totally unacceptable”.

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APP: The company will face a licence review next month

Peter Blake, TFL’s Director of Service Operations, said: “We take any concerns about the reporting of sexual and violent incidents extremely seriously and have worked closely with the Met to ensure appropriate action has been taken against these drivers.

“Any delay in reporting serious crimes is totally unacceptable and we have been in contact with the operator to ask them to respond to these concerns.”

A statement from Uber said it reports all incidents to TFL.

It read: “We were surprised by its letter as in no way does it reflect the good working relationship we have with the police.

“We advise people to report serious incidents to the police and support any subsequent investigations, but respect the rights of individuals to decide whether or not to make such reports.”

In March, the company failed to block Transport for London’s demands that drivers must take English language tests.

The court heard how up to 33,000 private hire drivers faced being forced out of business by the move.

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