Man found guilty of attacking Cheltenham taxi marshal thanks to Reveal body camera footage
A 30-year-old male from Gloucester, has been successfully prosecuted for assaulting a taxi marshal thanks to video evidence obtained by the Reveal body camera the taxi marshal was wearing.
In the early hours of Sunday 12 July having caused problems outside a nightclub in Regent Street two males approached the taxi rank in the Promenade and attempted to jump the queue.
When challenged by the taxi marshals on duty, one of the males assaulted the female taxi marshal and threw her to the ground.
The incident was captured on a Reveal body cam and shown to Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Friday 9 October, resulting in the 30 year old male being found guilty of assaulting the taxi marshal. The video evidence obtained by the body camera was "instrumental" in disproving the man's claim that he was acting in self-defence.
He was sentenced to 100 hours community service and ordered to pay compensation of £100, court's charge of £520 and Crown Prosecution Service costs of £320.
Reveal's body cameras were issued to taxi marshals earlier this year through funding from the Late Night Levy.
This is the first conviction obtained using evidence from the cameras, which have proved very successful in reducing incidents at the taxi rank which was previously a hot spot for disorder.
Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, added: "This prosecution is an excellent example of how effective the body-worn cameras are in capturing as well as deterring potential trouble makers.
"This demonstrates the positive impact that money raised through the late night levy is having on Cheltenham's night time economy to make it safe, inclusive and enjoyable for all."
Following the success of the cameras at the rank an additional four Reveal cameras have been purchased by Cheltenham Safe with funding from the Late Night Levy. These additional cameras will be issued to door staff at four licensed premises in Regent Street to supplement the existing static town centre CCTV camera system.