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WESTMINSTER LOSES TO BUSKER

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Westminster City Council has been ordered to return a busker's guitar and amplifier pending a high court challenge ...
Westminster City Council has been ordered to return a busker's guitar and amplifier pending a high court challenge to its powers to regulate street musicians.

As well as obtaining an order for the return of equipment seized eight weeks ago, Bruno McDonald has been granted leave for a judicial review of the council's actions.

The equipment was seized after a search warrant was granted for police to 'search' Leicester Square in the west end of London, following a council crackdown on buskers.

In London's high court it was argued that as a public place the area could not legally be made the subject of a search warrant.

Search warrants had to be in respect of 'premises' and Leicester Square could not be regarded as such under the provisions of the London Government Act 1963.
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