Megaphone ‘ear assault’ union boss cleared

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James FarrarImage copyrightPA Media
Image caption James Farrar says he is now considering taking legal action

A union boss who used a megaphone close to two police officers’ ears has been found not guilty of assaulting them.

There was no evidence taxi union chief James Farrar had committed a crime, Judge Philip Bartle QC said.

PC Ann Spinks had told Mr Farrar’s trial she was left with ringing in her ear “like a fire alarm going off” after a megaphone was purposely aimed at her.

Mr Farrar, 51, said the legal action against him was “a corrupt and crude attempt… to break our union”.

The chairman of the United Private Drivers’ branch of the IWGB union said the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London (TfL) had also tried to “further disenfranchise precarious workers” and he had instructed his lawyers to “pursue the matter”.