Hereford & Worcester

Taxi driver watched film while driving in Worcester

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Media captionThe driver was taking passengers through Worcester

A taxi driver has been caught watching a film on his phone while ferrying passengers.

Two BBC journalists in the back of the cab filmed 45-year-old Tanvir Ahmad Lone as he drove them through Worcester city centre on Saturday.

Mr Lone, who has been a taxi driver for 15 years, said he accidentally left it playing on the dashboard and it would never happen again.

Worcester City Council's licensing team said it had started an investigation.

'Glancing over'

Passengers Kate West and Stewart Kingscott, who work for BBC Hereford and Worcester, said they were surprised he did not turn the Bollywood film off once he started driving them home.

"You could see him glancing over to watch the phone," Ms West said.

"It wasn't when we stopped in traffic, it was pretty much the whole time."

Mr Lone told BBC News: "In my defence, I have to say this: I would never do this and it was just an unfortunate coincidence that you... [film] it and it would never happen again."

Lesley Borthwick, the secretary of Worcester Taxi Drivers Association, said she was disappointed and that watching films while driving was unacceptable.

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