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News - 19 November 2004
Street vendor in New York selling counterfeit goods

Illegal street trading linked to organised crime

Information from the government that illegal street trading is linked to organised crime has prompted several towns and cities to clamp down on the activity.

Belfast is the latest to announce a sustained and concerted effort to remove street traders while providing 48 official, licensed pitches to accommodate the entrepreneurial spirit that is often associated with the activity.

Brighton has a problem in several areas including East Street and the North Laine. Illegal trading activity escalates during the summer and at Christmas and the Business Forum is working with the local authority and Sussex Police to proactively address the issue. Via the Association of Town Centre Management we are also supporting efforts to change the outdated peddlers laws. Some argue that street traders add to vibrancy to the street scene but because they are unlicensed they are unregulated. Not only are there trading standards issues to consider but any links to organised crime – particularly counterfeiting – need to be treated seriously. For more information about the Business Forum’s activity concerning illegal street trading contact Soozie Campbell on 01273 380040 or info@brightonbusiness.co.uk


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