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GLASGOW REMOVES OFFENSIVE MATERIAL FROM TRADERS STALLS

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In a joint operation with Strathclyde Police, Glasgow City Council's environmental protection services out-of-hours...
In a joint operation with Strathclyde Police, Glasgow City Council's environmental protection services out-of-hours enforcement officers removed football memorabilia and other materials from various street traders outside Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium.

The goods seized included scarves, CDs and tapes and breached licence conditions which do not allow items to be sold of a political, racial, religious or sectarian nature.

The operation took place over four dates - 16 & 30 April and 7 & 14 May. 150 street traders were checked. Of those, 18 did not have a licence and 40 were warned about contraventions of licensing conditions. 156 items were removed from licensed traders.

During the sweep on the traders, officers were spat at as they attempted to carry out their duties.

Deputy council leader Jim Coleman said:

'It astounds me is that people think they can openly sell this sickening material without fear of detection. We have been working closely with both football clubs to eradicate this kind of behaviour. This is another example of a successful operation - one we will be repeating wherever these people try to sell their wares.'

Reports on the licensed traders will be sent to the council's licensing section for appropriate action.

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