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Crackdown on loutish behaviour sees two prosecuted

PUBLISHED: 19:00 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 05 October 2010

TWO people have been prosecuted as part of Tower Hamlets council s crackdown on antisocial behaviour and underage drinking in Brick Lane. The prosecu

by Victoria Huntley

TWO people have been prosecuted as part of Tower Hamlets council's crackdown on antisocial behaviour and underage drinking in Brick Lane.

The prosecutions come after the council brought in new measures, the Brick Lane dispersal zone which ran from July 23-August 30, to control loutish behaviour around the East End's curry mile over the summer.

Emmanuel Folco, of no fixed address, was seen drinking, swearing and shouting at passers-by in Brick Lane on July 23.

He was asked to leave the area by two police officers but returned 20 minutes later and continued to act in an antisocial way. He was then taken to Bethnal Green police station.

Folco was convicted in his absence at Thames Magistrates' Court on August 14. He was fined £100 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge in a prosecution brought by the council.

Shop assistant Gnanasundram Gnanakumar, 32, of Warner Road, Walthamstow was convicted of selling alcohol to a 16-year-old girl at Mini Mart in Bethnal Green Road.

He was convicted in his absence on the same day and was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs in the sum of £400 along with a £15 victim surcharge.

The council's trading standards department mounted a test purchase in January after they received complaints that alcohol was being sold to people under 18.


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