WOMAN RAPED ON BACK SEAT OF CAR BY UBER DRIVER

A woman claimed an Uber driver raped her on the back seat as they took her home after a night out.

The alleged victim says the driver touched her legs and kissed her as they drove her home from Manchester City Centre.

She told police she’d got into the taxi after her friend ordered it for her via the app.

As they approached her home in Failsworth the driver is alleged to have sexually assaulted the woman, before she found herself “through unknown means” on the back seat of the taxi with the driver on top of her raping her.

Again “through unknown means” the victim then left the taxi and walked back to her home, according to a police report taken by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Police were contacted the next day, but “evidential difficulties” have prevented any charges being made.

A spokesman for Uber said that criminal record checks are carried out on all drivers before they begin working for the app, and that any found to be committing a serious offence during their employment are reported to the police.

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The alleged victim says the driver touched her legs and kissed her as they drove her home from Manchester City Centre

The incident in October last year is just one of 28 alleged crimes involving Uber that have been recorded by GMP since 2015 and obtained by the Manchester Evening News using Freedom of Information laws.

Many of these alleged crimes only involve the private hire app in passing, such as a case where someone in a nightclub thought they had had their drink spiked before taking an Uber home.

But others appear to involve the cars and drivers that use the app more directly.

In September last year, another woman claimed to have been sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in south Manchester.

It’s alleged she was invited into the front seat by the driver and when they arrived at her home he leaned over and kissed her on the cheek.

The victim told police she tried to escape by opening the door, but the driver then tried to kiss her again and grabbed her.

The woman then managed to push him away and got out the taxi, which drove off.

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The woman told police she’d got into the taxi after her friend ordered it for her via the app.

Crime data from GMP revealed that drivers themselves had also fallen victim to abuse or assault.

In January 2016, three women got into an Uber taxi, and soon into the journey the driver realised they were not his booked fare and asked them to get out but they refused.

The taxi pulled over and the women got out, but then one woman got back in and refused once more to leave. The driver grabbed her to try and get her out, but she slapped and scratched him. Eventually she got out the vehicle, and the driver accidentally drove over one of the women’s feet as he drove off.

In another case, a driver reportedly pulled over to check for jobs when he heard something clatter on to his car roof.

When he got out, he saw it was a stone thrown from a nearby flat – and he was racially abused by the people in the flat who continued to throw stones, a police report said.

Other examples include mobile phones that have been stolen after being left in the back of an Uber taxi, and one incident where a woman’s phone was stolen at a party by someone who spent £217 on her Uber account by ordering five different taxis.

An Uber spokeswoman said: “Drivers who use the Uber app are all licensed by their local council and have been through the same enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly Criminal Records Bureau) checks as black cab drivers, teachers and care workers.

“We take any allegations against drivers or riders who use the app very seriously and always support the police with their investigations. Any rider or driver found to have committed a serious offence is stopped from accessing the app and reported to the authorities.” – http://www.mirror.co.uk/

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