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Husband fined more than £1,200 for illegal street trading in Crayford, despite wife's attempt to plead guilty

PUBLISHED: 12:03 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 23 February 2017

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A trial took place earlier this month

A florist has been fined a four-figure sum after he was found guilty of more than 20 charges of illegal street trading.

David McDonald, from Axminster Crescent in Welling, owns Blossoms florist in Crayford Road, Crayford - and faced 21 charges of illegal street trading at a trial earlier this month.

The charges were in relation to placing goods outside the front of his business, without a street trading licence, on a number of occasions between April 8 and August 13 last year.

The 42-year-old denied the charges, claiming that although he was an owner of the business, he could not be found guilty of something he did not know about.

A letter was sent to the business reminding to renew its previously expired street trading licence.

However, the business continued to place goods outside the shop front, and subsequent penalty notices went unanswered and unpaid.

McDonald had been summonsed to appear at court in November, but on the date of the hearing his wife approached the prosecution.

She asked to plead guilty to the charges, claiming that she ran the business, not her husband.

According to Bexley council, the wife also said she had withheld all information about the legal correspondence and summonses to protect her husband at a stressful time.

McDonald, representing himself, denied the charges at a later hearing.

Earlier this month he was found guilty of 21 charges of illegal street trading, and fined a total of £1,260.

“The business owner is ultimately responsible for the business they own,” explained Peter Craske, Bexley council’s cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure.

“This kind of offence is unfair to businesses that play by the rules.

“I hope this case highlights to other business owners the importance of having the correct licences in place and keeping an eye on how their businesses are being run.”

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