Setting up stall costs illegal trader a packet

An illegal street trader who repeatedly set up stall on a Southall pavement has been ordered to pay £290 by Ealing Magistrates Court.

Ealing Council and the police investigated Suryyai Tahir who regularly sold fabrics from a stall outside the health centre on Southall Broadway without a licence.

Ms Tahir ignored verbal and written warnings not to trade and was given a fixed penalty notice for £150 in March this year. However a week later, Ealing Council’s CCTV officers spotted Ms Tahir selling her wares again. Following contact by envirocrime officers, police seized all items on display.

Ms Tahir pleaded guilty at Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 9 May and was fined £120 and ordered to pay £150 towards costs and a £20 victim surcharge. This brought the total to be paid by the end of the month to £290.

The court also ordered the goods to be forfeited.

Cabinet member for environment and transport, Bassam Mahfouz said: “Illegal street trading is unfair on businesses who abide by the law and it can also create a nuisance or block footpaths. 

Although Ms Tahir chose to ignore warnings and even set up her stall again just days after paying a fixed penalty notice, I hope she has finally learned her lesson.”

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