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Tuesday 2nd December, 2008

A Wigan car salesman has been fined more than £1,000 after being repeatedly caught illegally street trading.
Warren Lindley, 36, of Goose Green, was caught by council enforcement officers as he attempted to sell a second-hand Rover 45 earlier this year.

The incident took place at the entrance to Total Fitness on the A49, Goose Green at 8.15pm on Tuesday June 10. Officers had spotted the car which was parked up with a sign saying ‘For Sale £1495.00’ and a mobile number. One of the team called the number, confirmed that the car was for sale and agreed to meet at that location.

The seller arrived a few minutes later driving a Toyota MR 2 sports car. Officers recognised him as Lindley, who had been at Enfield Street, Pemberton, selling a Hyundai and a Rover 400 saloon earlier that day displaying the same mobile number.

The council’s chief trading standards officer, Julie Middlehurst, says: “Street trading without consent has been an offence since 1992 in Wigan Borough. We receive a lot of complaints form members of the public who find that cars have been left for sale either outside or near to their homes, including from those who have bought cars from these dodgy dealers. We always respond to this type of offence and when necessary we take appropriate enforcement action.”

Officers cautioned and interviewed Lindley and he was reported to the police. He did not attend court, but the Magistrates agreed to hear the matter in his absence and he incurred a total penalty of £1,165.

Julie adds: “Officers have previously issued official warning notices to several vehicles being sold by Lindley and I am pleased that the matter has now been dealt with.”

Enforcement officers were acting after numerous public complaints to the council regarding the illegal sale of motor vehicles across the borough. Typically, cars are left on prominent streets corners, often on pavements or causing other obstructions.
  • To report incidents of illegal street trading, the public can call 01942 486770.

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