A TAXI driver who in 2010 was convicted of two offences of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply has been refused a licence by BCP Council.

Members of a licensing sub-committee made the decision behind-closed-doors at a meeting last month, the details of which have been made public in its minutes.

The driver had applied for a private hire licence but their DBS check highlighted the convictions for the offences carried out in 2008.

As a result, it was considered by councillors who agreed to reject the application.

The minutes of the August 6 meeting say the decision was reached based on Institute of Licensing guidance which says in 10 years should pass between a conviction and the granting of a licence.