Buskers become first in Camden to be fined for not having a licence

The men were fined for busking in Camden Town

The men were fined for busking in Camden Town - Credit: Archant

Two unlicensed buskers have become the first in the borough to be fined.

Under the London Local Authorities Act 2000, Camden has adopted powers to regulate street entertainment.

Alexander Hackett and Alfredo Garcia pleaded guilty to busking without a street licence, following breaches of Camden’s Street Entertainment policy.

Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Camden Council cabinet member for community safety said he welcomed the ruling at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court.

He continued: “There is no excuse for buskers not to apply for a licence.

“A standard licence costs £19, a licence for amplified music costs £47 and can be applied for easily online.

“We have shown that we continue to protect local communities from nuisance and ensure those performing in Camden continue to follow the rules.”

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Garcia was charged with five offences of busking, and Hackett was charged with two offences.

Both were ordered to pay a fine of £100, victim surcharge of £20 and a contribution towards legal costs of £100.