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Jail for taxi driving rapist

A taxi driver from Newbury has been sentenced to a jail term at Reading Crown Court today.

Ruhen Miah, 42, of Charters Road, has been banged up for 14 years in prison for a series of sexual offences.

The four victims were customers of Miah, who was a licensed taxi driver in West Berkshire.

In the early hours of Monday 1 January, Miah sexually assaulted a woman in her late teens whilst she was in his taxi in an unknown location in Thatcham. The victim had been celebrating the New Year on a night out in Newbury.

In the early hours of 20 January, the victim, a woman in her twenties, had also been enjoying a night out in Newbury when she flagged down Miah’s taxi in Mayors Lane.

During the journey home, Miah sexually assaulted the victim in the taxi at an unknown location.

During the same shift, in the early hours of Saturday 20 January, Miah sexually assaulted and attempted to rape another victim, a woman in her late teens, who had been on a night out in Newbury.

The final offence took place in the early hours of Saturday 24 February.

Miah picked up the victim, a woman in her twenties, near the roundabout at Inches Yard.

He then drove his taxi to a property in Newbury where he raped the victim.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Matt Stone, of Berkshire Force CID, said: “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.”

The officers in the investigation team were commended by the judge during the sentencing hearing for their work on the case.

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