Pepper spray taxi driver fined

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A TAXI driver caught carrying pepper spray in his cab for his own protection has been hit with a fine.

Fevzi Karalar was stopped by police in Wigan on June 11 and officers discovered a can of pepper spray in his cab.

The 42-year-old pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to carrying a weapon which discharges a noxious liquid.

He told officers he had been given the pepper spray by his brother, who had brought it back from Germany - where it is legal to carry.

He said he had previously been attacked by a passenger in his cab and was carrying it for his own protection.

Karalar, of Victoria Street, Crewe, was handed a £300 fine and ordered to pay £35 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.