Essex street trader faces jail if he is caught illegally selling goods near Wembley Stadium
PUBLISHED: 13:58 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:58 06 October 2015
An illegal street trader who was caught selling goods near Wembley Stadium for a SEVENTH time faces jail if he is arrested for the same offence in Brent again.
Matthew Bull, 47, from Leigh-on-sea in Essex, has become the first illegal trader in the borough to be served with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).
Under the terms of the CBO he is banned from unlawfully trading anywhere in the Wembley area in the next two years.
If he is caught doing so he will be hauled before the courts and faces up to five years in jail.
The action was taken against him after he was fined £1,650 for illegally selling scarves outside Wembley Stadium on May 25 - the day of the Football Championship play-off final.
Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council’s cabinet member responsible for licensing, said: “Street trading rules are there to protect the public and businesses alike and it is great that this was also recognised by the courts.
“As well as issuing the expected fine, magistrates also handed out a criminal behaviour order which means that should this individual reoffend again in this area, he could soon find himself behind bars.
“I hope that the outcome of this case goes to show just how unacceptable illegal street trading is in Brent and that we will always do everything in our power to ensure that it has no place in our borough.”