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St Edmundsbury Borough Council told about Promise Moyo's drink-driving two years before his arrest in Bury St Edmunds


By Newsdesk Bury


A cabbie who was caught drink-driving on his way to pick up schoolchidren had previously been reported to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Private hire driver Promise Moyo, who lived and worked in Bury St Edmunds, was arrested in Risbygate Street on Monday afternoon after reports he was driving erratically.

The 46-year-old was found to be more than four times the drink-drive limit, recording 158 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is
35 milligrams.

Promise Moyo has been jailed for 18 weeks
Promise Moyo has been jailed for 18 weeks

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court to driving with excess alcohol and was jailed for 18 weeks and banned from driving for three years.

A former employer told the Bury Free Press he terminated Moyo’s freelance contract after discovering his drink-driving and reported this to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The authority confirmed it was informed of the dismissal in February 2017, but could not act to remove his licence without police evidence or a statement.

The former employer, a 52-year-old cab driver from Bury St Edmunds, who did not wish to be named, said he took on Moyo
in 2016, after he obtained a
licence.

He said: “I was told he was drinking in The Grapes pub, and I followed his car as he pulled into a BP garage afterwards. He literally fell out of it.”

But Ghana-born Moyo did not struggle to find work and continued as a freelance private hire driver with other local companies, regularly doing school runs.

The former employer described Moyo as ‘generally a nice guy’ but was not surprised to learn of the arrest and said he was ‘pleased’ he was now off the road. He also
said he heard nothing back
from St Edmundsbury.

A spokesman for the authority said: “Without any police evidence, we would need a formal statement about the allegation in order to take any action against Moyo.

“We are also unclear whether he reported the incident when it happened to the police which, if he had, and it led to an arrest, would have automatically triggered actions against him.



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