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Tout fined after Brick Lane crackdown

PUBLISHED: 19:35 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

A STREET tout has been fined a total of £400 for touting in Brick Lane’s curry mile in London’s East End. Dilwar Ali denied touting for Chillies restaurant on three occasions in February and March

A STREET tout has been fined a total of £400 for touting in Brick Lane's curry mile in London's East End.

Dilwar Ali denied touting for Chillies restaurant on three occasions in February and March.

But Thames magistrates heard evidence on Monday from three police officers and statements from Tower Hamlets trading standards officials that Ali had been touting and blocking the pavements outside the Brick Lane restaurant on three occasions in February and March.

Ali was fined £85 and ordered to pay the £15 'victim surcharge' and £300 costs.

Tower Hamlets passed a bylaw banning touting in the Brick Lane area of Spitalfields after complaints over the past few years about street nuisance and passers-by being obstructed.

Restaurants were encouraged to sign up voluntarily against touting. But the byelaw enables the local authority and police to take action directly against touts, who could face fines of up to £500. Restaurant owners employing touts face fines up to £20,000 or six months in prison or both.


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