AN Aveley cabbie who admitted in a police interview to have carried out unlawful taxi work has been ordered to pay Thurrock Council £1,000 in costs.

Robert Knight, 52, had his Hackney Carriage licence revoked in February, three months after he had been cleared of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent at Chelmsford Crown Court.

It was revealed in court, that Mr Knight had told police he had carried out school contract work in an unlicensed vehicle and did private hire work without a Private Hire Operator’s Licence.

Following the court case, the licensing sub-committee was told of his misdemeanours and he lost his license. He appealed before Magistrates’ in Basilson, but had his case thrown out meaning he had to pay £1,104 in costs.