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Beaten cabbies to get CCTV security

PUBLISHED: 11:53 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 25 August 2010

CONCERNED bosses at a vehicle safety company have donated a CCTV system to two taxi drivers who were attacked while working

CONCERNED bosses at a vehicle safety company have donated a CCTV system to two taxi drivers who were attacked while working

Tom Brett, marketing director at Brigade Electronics in South Darenth, gave two potentially life-saving cameras to Eddie McCann and Owen Palmer on Monday.

They were among three taxi drivers assaulted last month outside Dartford train station and in Dartford Road.

Mrs Randall, a spokesperson for Brigade Electronics, said they decided to offer them the equipment after seeing their story in the Dartford Times.

She said: "After reading about the assault we were appalled at the obvious security risk posed to these taxi drivers, so we decided to donate Dual Vision vehicle CCTV device to them."

The palm-sized camera can be easily fitted to the cab windscreen and has two cameras to view the road ahead and the interior of the car.

Mr Palmer, 65, of Temple Hill, Dartford, said: "I want to say a big thank you to Brigade Electronics. This is like all my birthdays and Christmases coming at once!

"The camera will act as a deterrent and that's the most important thing. Secondly, it gives you confidence. It is a real weight off my shoulders, because I feel vulnerable all the time. When you're driving around people often kick the vehicle. You get people jumping in front of the taxi, people fighting over someone else getting in."

Mr McGann, 65, of King Harold's Way, Bexleyheath, said: "I am overwhelmed by it really. I'm very happy indeed!"

The former chairman of the Dartford Taxi Association, added: "It will help me and Owen feel safe. I used to have a dummy one and that was very effective as a deterrent. People are aware that they are on camera and start behaving themselves."

Brigade Electronics sell commercial vehicle safety systems and sell a range of devices including vehicle CCTV, and obstacle detection sensor systems.

For more information visit www.reverseinsafety.co.uk.

n Christopher Cole, 25, from Coopers Mews, Beckenham and a 17-year-old man are charged with one count of ABH. Mr Cole was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Dartford Magistrates Court on April 7 and the 17-year-old is due to appear today.

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