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Illegal street traders brought to book

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28 September 2017

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Enfield Council has successful prosecuted two men who were flouting the law by selling vehicles on the public highway without holding a street trading licence.

- Two men separately sentenced for illegal street trading of vehicles
- Enfield enforcement officers discovered the offences while on patrol
- Council is committed to keeping Enfield’s streets and communities safe
  
Enfield Council has successful prosecuted two men who were flouting the law by selling vehicles on the public highway without holding a street trading licence.
 
Marjus Osmani, 27 years old, of Ian Square, pleaded guilty to offering a vehicle for sale on the public highway without holding a street trading licence at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 14 September 2017.
 
He was ordered to pay a fine of £100, a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £90, in total amounting to £220.
 
In a separate case at the same court, Eman Palov, 37 years old, of Hertford Road who additionally answered the charge as sole director of ERP Motors Limited, also pleaded guilty to offering a vehicle for sale on the public highway without holding a street trading licence.

Palov was ordered to pay a £200 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £175 costs, totalling £405. ERP Motors was fined £200 and was ordered to pay costs of £175. 
 
Both men had their offending vehicles seized and the Court issued an order with a view to the vehicles being destroyed.
 
On both occasions, the men were discovered conducting their business by two Enfield Council Environmental Protection Officers who were on an unlicensed street trading operation along the Hertford Road.
 
In fact, one of the offenders was caught on film by a production crew making the well-known BBC programme 'Dom on the Spot'. The programme makers were filming Enfield Council officers on their routine patrols, showing how they help keep Enfield clean, safe and well-regulated on a daily basis.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We will continue to monitor our streets for illegal street trading, and in particular, the illegal sale of vehicles. Those who engage in such practices harm legitimate car traders as well as taking up residents’ parking spaces.
 
“There is also the threat posed by the sale of potentially unsafe vehicles, which is inexcusable. We are therefore determined to continue our work in this area to help maintain strong communities.

"I would also like to commend the efforts of our hardworking officers who are striving to crack down on this illegal activity.”
 
Illegal street trading involves the sale of items on the street for profit without the relevant licence. Residents can report any suspicious activity through the Council website .

Any individual found illegally street trading can receive a £150 fixed penalty notice, or face prosecution and a potential fine of up to £1,000. Any goods can be seized as evidence and subsequently destroyed.