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Cabbie bursting for justice

A taxi driver is prepared to go to jail rather than accept a 160-year-old law banning him from leaving his cab to spend a penny. David Finnegan was told he had breached an 1847 law introduced for horse-drawn carriages, after he used a public toilet while parked at a town centre cab rank.

Darlington Borough Council said it had since reviewed the situation and decided to handle the matter “informally”.

The law in question — the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 — states:...

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