A FOOD vendor has been fined almost £10,000 for illegally selling food out of a van for a second time.

Ozgur Kayaoglu, of Thornfield Drive, Westlea, Swindon, was caught selling food out of a VW Crafter Van in the layby along the A415 Marcham Road between the A34 and the minor road to Shippon, near Abingdon on January 23, February 6, and 26, March 28, and April 2.

At Oxford Magistrates’ Court on May 31, the 49-year-old was ordered to pay a total of £6,380 – an £800 fine for each count, £1,600 victim surcharge and £780 in court costs.

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The 49-year-old was not present at the hearing.

Previously this year on January 12, Kayaoglu had already been found guilty in his absence of illegally trading in the same place six times between September 19 and December 2 last year.

That time, they ordered him to pay a total of £9,087 - £1,000 for each count as well as a victim surcharge of £2,000 and court costs of £9,087.

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Speaking after the first criminal case, councillor Helen Pighills, cabinet member for community health and wellbeing at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Consent is vital in ensuring we can control the safety of the food being sold to the public and the vehicle from which the food was served.

“Those who flout the rules could be endangering the public, whose safety is our top priority, while also undermining those licensed street traders who have followed the proper procedure.

“I hope this case acts as a warning to others thinking they do not have to seek the required street trading consent.”