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Another war hots up on illegal curry touts

PUBLISHED: 19:30 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

ILLEGAL touts are still operating outside Brick Lane curry houses, just 18 months after a byelaw came in banning them, according to Town Hall investigators. Now Tower Hamlets council is threatening another crackdown.

By Mike Brooke

ILLEGAL touts are still operating outside Brick Lane curry houses, just 18 months after a byelaw came in banning them, according to Town Hall investigators.

Now Tower Hamlets council is threatening another crackdown.

The authority has found 98 out of 123 people it questioned in a 'random survey' had been touted in 'the curry mile.'

The survey found 96 of the 123 who were quizzed were not aware of the byelaw to stop touting, while only 18 knew how to complain about it.

The council asked people in the street to gauge the level of touting and whether they knew how to complain.

"It shows the need for us to continue to crackdown on this in the area," said council cabinet member Abdal Ullah.

"We prosecute touts and the restaurants employing them - but need people to let us know when it has happened.

"So we're going to make sure people who feel they've been touted aggressively or intrusively know how to come forward and report it."

He added: "The touts are breaking the law and are discouraging people coming to the area."

A byelaw banning touting outside Brick Lane restaurants was introduced in September, 2006, after the Town Hall received complaints from people who "felt intimidated and threatened" by them.

mike.brooke@archant.co.uk

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