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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Marquess of Blandford arrested for racially abusing Sikh taxi driver

[Marquess of Blandford] is facing more hot water after being accused of racially abusing a Sikh taxi driver who had driven to collect him for an appearance at Coventry Crown Court....

he revelation comes just days after the wayward aristocrat faced Oxford Crown Court for an unprovoked road rage attack.

It was in July that driver Davinder Singh responded to a booking to take Charles James Spencer-Churchill, known as Jamie Blandford, to the West Midlands for a morning appearance on a different driving matter.

The 51-year-old peer, son of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, called for a cab to pick him up from his farm home, in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, to take him to Coventry.

Mr Singh, 46, said his problems began when he rang to check the exact location of the rural residence. He claims they escalated when he arrived and was greeted by a torrent of abuse. Blandford never made it to court that day.

The shocked driver contacted police and Blandford was arrested and questioned on suspicious of racially-aggravated behaviour the following day.

Last night Mr Singh told how he had been 'paralysed' with shock by the incident.

"It was just unbelievable," said the father-of-four. "I can put up with rudeness but not racism. There is just no excuse for it.

"I was having trouble finding his house so I called him and he said 'Why are you f***ing ringing me? You are the taxi driver you should know where you are f***ing going'."

The driver claimed that when he arrived he was greeted by even more derogatory racial remark and called a Hindu.

"He said I should remember I was a guest in this country and I replied that I was British," said Mr Singh.

"He looked me up and down and said 'You? British?'.

"I was just completely shocked."

Mr Singh, who has been a taxi driver for almost 25 years, said it was then that he turned down the £120 fare and drove off.

"I would not take it," he explained. "Even if it was the Prime Minister I would not take him if he spoke to me like that.


"He told me I would never work for the company again. It was like he was saying he could do anything because he was rich and I was poor.

"When I saw the Marquess of Blandford on the order I was thinking he would be a polite gentleman but he is just a racist and there is no excuse for that." [Link]

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