Manchester City Council

Illegal street trader ordered to pay nearly £500 and forfeit stock

A street trader caught operating illegally in the city centre has been ordered to pay £495 and forfeit his goods that were seized by council officers.

Hassane Seye, aged 50, of Polygon Road, Crumpsall, was fined  £200 with costs of £275 and a £20 victim of crime surcharge. A forfeiture order for his seized goods was granted and he was also deprived of his pedlar's certificate.

On 27 September 2015 city council officers spotted Seye trading illegally in Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre.

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

The seized items included a number of bubble guns, and cartoon character balloons.

At the magistrates’ hearing on 6 January 2016, Seye was found guilty of illegal street trading.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Trading illegally can be an expensive enterprise as this individual has found to his cost. Let this prosecution send a message to others considering trading illegally that their actions will not be tolerated. Our officers will not hesitate to prosecute anyone caught breaking the rules.”

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester City Council's city centre spokesman, said: “This year we will continue to crackdown on any illegal nuisance traders operating in our city. Individuals like this needlessly clutter up some of our busiest shopping streets and we are determined to stamp out this practice.”

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