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Councillors in Marbella have illegal street vendors in their sights

Council workers loading the lorry with the seized goods.
Council workers loading the lorry with the seized goods. / Josele-Lanza
  • A plan is due to be voted on in September's full council meeting to try to put a stop to the influx of people selling fake branded goods

The council in Marbella is about to clamp down further on illegal street vendors in busy tourist areas of the resort.

A plan is due to be voted on in September's full council meeting to try to put a stop to the influx of people selling fake branded goods and accessories on sheets spread out on pavements to attract passersby.

The move comes after council workers last week disposed of 6,000 items seized in recent police checks. Local shop owners complain that the competition is unfair and threatens their own livelihoods.

The new initiative will have three parts; a public awareness campaign explaining that street selling is illegal; increased checks and warnings in the areas with the highest concentration of sellers; and stronger penalties for those caught.

José Eduardo Díaz, councillor responsible for public highways in Marbella explained: "We will be appealing for the public's help in not buying these products, which destroy many jobs when they are sold."

Last week Díaz joined the head of the town hall's Local Police to supervise the removal of recently seized items.

Head of the Local Police, Javier Martín, explained that in the last few months around 100 people have been stopped or arrested while illegally selling on the street. So far this year 10,000 items have been seized.