Brighton shop worker convicted for working in the street

Posted On 13 Oct 2010 at 11:39 am

A former Brighton shop worker has been convicted of blocking the street.

Colin Donoley, who worked at Silver in St James’s Street, Brighton, was found guilty of three charges of obstructing the public highway with a variety of wooden objects.

The shop sells wood-framed mirrors and other wooden and glass items.

Donoley was seen by officers from Brighton and Hove City Council on several occasions as he made the objects in the street outside the shop.

They warned him that this was not permitted.

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Highway enforcement and environmental health officers witnessed the public highway blocked with pieces of wood and power tools.

“It appeared to the officers that the wooden mirror frames and other wooden items being sold by Silver were being manufactured on the highway by Mr Donoley.

“Officers received a high number of complaints about the site and, by working together, council officers were able to move to a successful prosecution.”

Donoley did not appear in court and was convicted in his absence.

He was fined £525 for each offence and ordered to pay £500 legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Chris Cooke, chairman of the St James’s Area Local Action Team (LAT), said: “This has been mentioned at the LAT on a number of occasions and so it’s good to see a successful resolution to this one.

“This has involved a number of agencies and a real ‘team’ effort so thanks to all those involved.”

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