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Taxi driver who sexually assaulted customers jailed

Ruhen Miah from Newbury has been sentenced to 14 years behind bars Photo: Thames Valley Police

A 42-year-old taxi driver has been jailed for sexually assaulting four of his customers in Newbury, Berkshire.

The rapist was caught after police obtained and reviewed hundreds of hours of cctv and took statements from a large number of witnesses.

Ruhen Miah from Charter Road in Newbury, was sentenced to fourteen years behind bars at Reading Crown Court on Friday 21st September. He had pleaded guilty, at previous hearings, to one count of rape, one count of attempted rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual assault by penetration.

The attacks on the four women took place in the January and February of this year.

In the first incident, Miah, who was a licensed taxi driver in West Berkshire, sexually assaulted a woman in her late teens in his taxi at an unknown location in Thatcham on Monday 1st January 2018. She had been out celebrating the New Year in Newbury.

Footage of Miah's taxi captured on cctv

On Saturday 20th January, another woman who had also been on a night out in Newbury flagged down Miah's taxi in Mayors Lane in the early hours of the morning. He assaulted her in his taxi at an unknown location while driving her home.

Later - early in the morning and during the same shift, Miah sexually assaulted and tried to rape another woman in her late teens in the taxi - also at an unknown location.

Thames Valley Police said the final offence happened in the early hours of Saturday 24th February. The taxi driver picked up a woman in her twenties, near the roundabout at Inches Yard. He drove the taxi to a property in Newbury where he then raped her. She was the fourth victim involved in the court case.

Thames Valley Police praised the victims for their bravery during the criminal investigation.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victims of these heinous offences. They have shown immense bravery during our investigation and I hope this case demonstrates that victims of all offences will be believed and supported by Thames Valley Police.

“This was a complex investigation involving the obtaining and reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV, carrying out painstaking forensic work as well as taking statements from numerous witnesses.

“Thankfully the hard work of our officers and staff resulted in Miah becoming a suspect and he was arrested soon after.

“Following his arrest, further offences came to light for which he was charged.

“I understand these offences have had a significant impact on our communities in West Berkshire. However, I want to reassure residents that the force works closely with partners to police the night time economy in West Berkshire, and especially Newbury, where all the victims had been enjoying nights out before they were preyed upon by Miah.

“If you ever see or hear anything suspicious while you are having a night out in our cities, towns and villages across the Thames Valley, please call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non emergency.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Matt Stone, Berkshire Force CID, Thames Valley Police