Dozens of taxi licences have been issued by Cardiff council over the last few years to applicants who have criminal records.

A total of 90 applications containing a criminal conviction were approved by the authority’s public protection subcommittee between January 2012 and September of this year.

The data, released after a freedom of information request, revealed that in total just over 1,000 people applied for a hackney carriage or private hire licence in that period, with 176 of those listing convictions which were considered by the subcommittee.

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