Warning over unlicensed traders after police shut down illicit market

Police have closed down an unlicensed market – and warned they will crack down on other illicit vendors too.

Seven stalls were erected on Elgin’s Plainstones last week, to the front of the St Giles Shopping Centre.

But when officers checked whether the group of vendors had been given permission to trade there, none of them were able to provide the required papers.

There were fraught scenes as police forced the stallholders to pull down the market, and shut up shop early.

The North-east division’s licensing team warned a similar fate would befall anyone else who sets up shop in the area without obtaining consent from the council.

Inspector Kenny McGeough said: “This was a very proactive approach from officers who, acting upon information, quickly identified unlicensed traders and stopped them trading.

“Any individual who intends to sell in a public place must have a valid street traders’ licence.”

Police are compiling a report, which will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.