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Street trader fined for trading without consent

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Street trader fined for trading without consent 28th February 2018

A street trader in Bolton has been fined for an offence of trading without a licence.

Mr Hassan Ali had his application for a street trading consent refused. Bolton Council received information that he was trading without consent. The council distributed his details to local schools.

A head teacher spotted Mr Ali trading near her school and when she asked to see his licence he drove off. The head teacher reported Mr Ali to the council.

Mr Ali was sent a letter under caution and he later admitted trading on Dobson Street without a valid street trading consent. He pleaded guilty to an offence of trading without having the required street trading consent in place.

He was fined £145, and ordered to pay £462 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said: “Our street trading laws are there to protect people. We are not here to persecute businesses operating legitimately. However, if someone trades without the necessary consent we will take action.

“In this case Mr Ali was not granted a licence, and he thought he could get away with it. He didn’t bank on our licensing team circulating his details and we are very grateful to Bolton School for being vigilant and taking action so swiftly.

“This result should send a message to other street traders that we will crack down on behaviour like this.”

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