Manchester City Council

Illegal street trader ordered to pay nearly £650 and forfeit stock

A street seller operating illegally in the city centre has been ordered to pay £644.59 and forfeit his goods seized by council officers.

Adamah Bah, aged 40 of Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, was fined £220 with £252.59 costs, £150 criminal court charge and a victim of crime surcharge. A forfeiture order for his seized goods was granted and he was also deprived of his pedlar's licence.

On 15 August 2015 city council officers spotted Bah trading illegally in Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre.

The officers cautioned Bah for the offence of illegal street trading and seized his goods as evidence.

The seized items included: umbrellas, packaged toys, bubble guns and inflatable toys.

Bah failed to attend the Magistrates’ hearing on 28 October, and the case was proven in his absence.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “This prosecution is the latest in a series of actions we have taken eradicate the nuisance of these illegal traders.

“Let the size of the punishment handed down by the court act as a deterrent to individuals like this who needlessly clutter up some of Manchester’s busiest shopping streets."

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester City Council's city centre spokesman, said: "We are determined to continue with the clamp down on any illegal traders operating in our city centre. These prosecutions send a message that our officers will prosecute anyone found breaking the rules and will continue to do so until we stamp out this practice.”

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