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Taxi drivers strike after killing
Mohammed Parvaiz
The death of Mr Parvaiz sparked the strike
Taxi drivers in parts of West Yorkshire staged a seven-hour strike on Saturday night, demanding better protection after a colleague was killed.

Mohammad Parvaiz, 41, who was married with three children, died from head injuries last weekend after being attacked while working in Golcar.

Six teenagers have been charged with his murder.

Most of the 3,000 drivers in the borough of Kirklees were expected to take part in the action.

Police and the local council have said they would be happy to meet the drivers to discuss concerns.

A spokesman for Kirklees Private Hire Association said if steps were not taken to improve security, there could be further strikes.

In an earlier statement, Kirklees Council said: "The council and the police have a good relationship of long standing with local taxi drivers and we are happy to meet with them to discuss what their current concerns are."

Family appeal

Supt Nigel Hibbert, of West Yorkshire Police Kirklees Division, said: "Clearly the taxi drivers are striking in solidarity over the murder of their colleague.

"We are grateful that their response is measured and borne out of some careful consideration.

"In terms of responding to incidents involving taxi drivers we assess every call we get and we will respond appropriately.

"When hate incidents are reported to us they are treated extremely seriously and thoroughly investigated."

Mr Parvaiz, a taxi driver for seven years, lived in Birkby, Huddersfield, with his wife of 15 years and their children.

His family have paid tribute to a loving father and appealed for calm in their community.




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