An illegal street trader has been fined £540. The City Council is keen to clear the city of illegal traders who are competing unfairly with businesses that are paying high rents and rates to work within the law.
Eastbourne resident Suluyaman Olcayturk was prosecuted by Brighton & Hove City Council for trading without a licence.
Brighton Magistrates Court heard that in August Mr Olcayturk was seen selling beads, necklaces and bracelets on the pavement at the junction of East Street and Kings Road in Brighton. He was given a council warning letter and advised not to continue trading without a licence.
Two days later he was seen again trading in the same spot and cautioned and interviewed by a seafront officer.
In his absence Mr Olcayturk, was fined £175 and ordered to pay £350 costs, plus a £15 surcharge towards Victim Support services.
A council spokesman said, “It’s important traders have licences so the city’s pavements don’t become one giant unregulated market. That would be unsightly, unsafe and expose residents and visitors to suspect goods and sharp practice.
“It also provides unfair competition to legitimate local businesses whom we’re keen to protect. We’ve acted swiftly and effectively here, the whole case taking less than a month.”
The north end of East Street is patrolled by the Unique Brighton Business Improvement District security patrols which has displaced some illegal activity to the southern end. Traders at the southern end have expressed a keen interest in being included in the new BID if it is expanded next year.
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