Ice cream seller had no consent

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A Leyland vendor who was spotted selling ice cream from a van in Astley Village without having a street trading consent has been fined £120.

Andrew Jones, aged 36, of Leadale Road, pleaded guilty to trading without the necessary consent at South Ribble Magistrates’ Court, following a prosecution brought by Chorley Council.

The court heard that, in March, Chorley Council received a complaint from a member of the public that someone was trading in Astley Village from a van named ‘Brian’s Ices’ without street trading consent. The matter was investigated and further complaints were made before a neighbourhood officer from the council spotted the van trading on Great Meadow, Astley Village, selling ice creams and lollipops.

The defendant was operating the van and when questioned about having the necessary paperwork, he replied that he was doing casual work for his brother Brian Jones and that “he has all the paperwork and he will be submitting it soon”.

Andrew Jones was informed that it was unlawful to trade without a street trading consent but continued to carry on serving ice creams, the court heard.

Further investigation found that Andrew Jones had been caught on two previous occasions without street trading consent and was brought in for interview.

Andrew Jones was fined £120 and ordered to pay £400 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.