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Unlicensed traders caught out in Crouch End

PUBLISHED: 17:10 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:29 07 September 2010

TWO unlicensed booksellers in Crouch End had their goods confiscated last week in a council clampdown on illegal street trading. And The Broadway has discovered that the traders are still selling books on the street, without the required licence. On Frid

TWO unlicensed booksellers in Crouch End had their goods confiscated last week in a council clampdown on illegal street trading.

And The Broadway has discovered that the traders are still selling books on the street, without the required licence.

On Friday, Haringey Council enforcement officers and Crouch End and Stroud Green Safer Neighbourhoods Teams responded to complaints from residents about litter and illegal trading.

Three smokers were also fined £75 each, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, for littering the street with cigarette butts in Park Road and Broadway Parade.

Street booksellers are a common site in the Broadway and many have been moved on and fined by the council throughout the years.

The most recent booksellers were found along the Broadway, next door to and opposite Woolworths.

Raj Kumar, assistant manager at KFC on the Broadway, said: "There is one selling outside here most days, depending on the weather. I saw him yesterday selling books."

A spokeswoman from the council said: "If they are still there, they need to be reported. We can't parade the streets all day, every day."

The two traders will be interviewed with a view to prosecution, the council confirmed.

Under the London Local Authorities Act 1990, selling goods without a licence is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £2,500.

But other residents and traders feel the sellers are an important part of the area and should not be banned.

Crouch End councillor, David Winskill said: "I personally feel that having booksellers around adds colour to Crouch End and attracts shoppers without causing any obstruction."

The littering fines follow concerns at the increase in cigarette butts resulting from punters standing outside pubs and clubs smoking.

The council have so far prosecuted five people in the borough for littering with cigarette butts.

Cllr Nilgun Canver, security boss, said: "We know that when an area looks messy and neglected it attracts crime, as well as looking like an eyesore.

"It is not too much to ask that smokers use the extra bins provided by the pubs and clubs when they smoke outside the premises.

"It's not fair for residents to have to wade through cigarette buts in parts of their street."

Sergeant Bob Stevenson from Stroud Green Safer Neighbour-hoods team said: "This operation was specifically planned for a Friday evening, which is a busy time in and around licensed premises, and we were widely praised by the customers inside and outside the pubs we visited.

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