A minibus driver was taken away for a "mental health assessment" after police stopped him as he ferried vulnerable passengers through Brentwood.Whoops!
The Community Link bus, run by Essex County Council and which transports adults needing social care, was pulled over in Western Road, near its junction with William Hunter Way, and later driven away by officers – with passengers still on board and passers-by looking on.Curious indeed.
The county council has confirmed the driver was provided through another company, Capita Resourcing, which arranges temporary staff, but failed to give public reassurances that there would not be a repeat of the police intervention, on Monday last week.Why would they need to do so? Surely this man won’t be driving for them again?
And why did this arise? Did a passenger or a member of the public raise concerns?
It seems not:
A police spokesman said: "We were called by the Metropolitan Police shortly before 3.30pm on Monday, January 16, following concerns for a 47-year-old man from East London who was driving a minibus.Even curiouser…
"Essex police officers located the minibus in Western Road, took the driver into police custody and he was later taken to a mental health assessment centre."
Neither the county council or police revealed what sparked the concerns.Which doesn’t help. Because now everyone’s free to draw their own (possibly erroneous) conclusions.