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Dodgy Perfume Peddler is Scent-enced for Trading Without Licence

A street trader came away from court smelling of anything but roses after being prosecuted by Waltham Forest Council for selling perfume illegally at Walthamstow Market.

Paul Hunter, 59, of Willesden Green, NW2, pitched up at Walthamstow Market in July 2015, selling gift-wrapped perfume sets. Licenced market traders alerted officers from Waltham Forest Council’s Neighbourhoods team, who challenged Mr Hunter and found that he was not in possession of a valid Street Traders Licence.

Officers seized 24 boxes of perfume from Mr Hunter, advised him of how to apply for a licence, and warned him that he faced prosecution if he continued to trade illegally.

Despite this warning, Mr Hunter pitched up illegally again the following week, and his goods seized by officers for a second time. In September 2015 he was witnessed trading illegally again, this time by Police Officers on Walthamstow High Street who reported him to the Council for enforcement action.

Mr Hunter appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on 4 March 2016, and pleaded guilty to three offences of illegal street trading. He was fined £150 for each offence, ordered to pay full costs of £750 plus a victim surcharge of £20 - a total financial penalty of £1220. The Court also ordered that all the items seized by the Council to be forfeited and destroyed.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said:  “I’m glad the court came down hard on this trader for his brazen attempts to peddle goods illegally in our borough. Illegal street trading harms legitimate businesses and can also put consumers at risk, so we take a zero tolerance approach against anyone who tries to chance their arm in Waltham Forest.”

All market traders are licenced by Waltham Forest Council. Illegal street trading is an offence contrary to section 38 of the London Local Authorities Act 1990, and carries a maximum fine of £1000.

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