A STREET trader from Aveley has been prosecuted after failing to obtain consent to trade along the A128 in Thurrock.
On Wednesday 20 February, Daryl Mercer of High Street, Aveley, pleaded guilty at Southend Magistrates Court to two charges of illegal street trading. He had been operating a burger trailer on a grass verge along the A128 at the junction with Brentwood Road since at least May 2018 without being granted the necessary street trading consent required from Thurrock Council.
Mr Mercer was prosecuted after numerous attempts made by the council to encourage him to make a full trading application within Thurrock failed. He continued to trade on the A128 without consent, which was followed up when officers from the licensing team carried out a test purchasing operation at his trailer in June 2018.
He was ordered to pay a £100 fine, £500 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Mobile street traders must apply for and be granted street trading consent before being able to trade in Thurrock. Traders who fail to obtain consent will be liable for prosecution.
For details visit thurrock.gov.uk/street-trading-consent