A KIDDERMINSTER man has been jailed for sexually assaulting women while he was their taxi driver.

Syed Maaz Ahmad, of Gheluvelt Avenue, sexually assaulted three women between 2014 and 2018.

The 48-year-old was sentenced to a total of eight months imprisonment at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday December 8 after he pleaded guilty to the offences.

Ahmad was also handed a sexual harm prevention order for ten years and was placed on the sexual offenders register, also for ten years.

Following the sentencing, police constable Marie Holmes from West Mercia Police, said: “Ahmad was trusted to transport these women in his taxi but he abused his position in the worst possible way.

“I’d like to thank the victims for their courage in coming forward and their dedication and patience during this entire investigation.

“I hope this case reassures anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault that West Mercia Police is committed to providing help and support to victims and bringing offenders to justice."

Explaining what the force will be doing to keep people safe over the festive season, she added: “Over the Christmas period, officers will continue working closely with licensed premises and services, offering help and advice on how they can help us in our efforts to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep party goers safe; and we will be working with Street Pastors, who are teams of volunteers who offer help and support to anyone who may need it while they’re enjoying a night out.

“While we want people enjoying a night out to feel reassured of the steps we’re taking, we also want to send a strong message to those who may seek to exploit others that we will be watching them.”

Anyone who is a victim of any sexual assault and needs support can contact West Mercia's Victim Advice Line on 0800 952 3000.