Christmas crackdown on illegal Sheffield traders

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ILLEGAL traders operating in Sheffield city centre are being targeted by police and council officials in a new crackdown.

South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Council are looking for illegal traders, without licences who sell their wares on the streets, in the run up to Christmas.

They want to stop city centre shoppers getting ripped off by rogue traders.

One Christmas market trader, Helen, said: “Christmas is a very important time for all the shops, traders and crafts people here in Sheffield.

“We all love a bargain but no one wants to buy from illegally pitched stalls.

“I am really happy to be using one of the new Christmas Cabins this year and hope our customers enjoy buying something a bit different from us.”

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “We want to help local businesses and temporary traders in the city, so we must make sure that people trade legally.

“We want to keep Sheffield city centre as a great place to shop and make sure that the goods people buy are safe and legal. It is wonderful in the city centre over Christmas and I’m glad that with the help of the Police we have been able to act swiftly to make sure that everyone is trading legally.”