A street seller operating illegally in the city centre has been ordered to pay nearly £900 and forfeit his goods seized by council officers.
53-year-old Mouhamadou Moustafa Diop Mbaye, of The Heath, Middleton, was fined £400 with £300 costs, £150 criminal court charge and a £20 victim of crime surcharge – which summed up to £870. A forfeiture order for his seized goods was granted, and he was also deprived of his pedlar’s licence.
During August 2015, city council officers caught Mbaye trading illegally a number of times on Market Street in the city centre.
On each occasion the officers cautioned Mbaye for the offence of illegal street trading and seized his goods as evidence.
The items seized included umbrellas, bubble guns and inflatable toys.
At the Magistrates’ hearing on 2 December, Mbaye pleaded guilty to four offences of illegal street trading.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Councils Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Cases like this send a clear message to nuisance illegal traders that our officers will prosecute anyone found breaking the rules and will continue to clamp down until we stamp out this practice”.
Manchester City Council’s city centre spokesman, Pat Karney, said: “We have some fantastic shopping areas in our city centre and – at this time of year – people visiting Manchester for their Christmas shopping don’t want to have to avoid illegal traders cluttering up our streets”.