Banned Barking trader’s bid to get Ilford licence back

Market trader Rashid Suleman sells one of the dangerous dolls to Post reporter Anna Dubois

Market trader Rashid Suleman sells one of the dangerous dolls to Post reporter Anna Dubois - Credit: Archant

A market trader who was fined more than £1,500 after admitting selling toys with missing safety information is appealing against a ban preventing him from trading.

Rashid Suleman, 42, from Eton Road, Ilford, pleaded guilty to selling toys that were not compliant with safety regulations and trading standards legislation when he appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in January.

The court heard Trading Standards officers from Barking and Dagenham Council seized 21 toys from his Barking Market stall on May 15 2014 because they did not have sufficient safety labelling or markings.

He also pleaded guilty to obstructing an enforcement officer after failing to declare he had held the position of managing director at R C Flyzone where he claimed some of the toys had been supplied by.

His trading licence was revoked for Barking Market and later Redbridge Council also blocked him from trading in Ilford town centre where he was a more regular stall holder.

He is attempting to overturn his ban for trading in Ilford and plans to meet with Redbridge Council’s licensing officers to assure them he will adhere to any conditions they impose so he can start trading again.

He said: “I pleaded guilty because there was missing information on the importers details and not because these are dangerous toys and could harm anyone.

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“I am asking the council to allow me to trade again as I am unable to work because of this added harsh punishment and all I want to do is trade again and provide for my family.

“I will give them (Trading Standards officers) complete access to check on my stock whenever they want. It means I can prove to them that I’m trading safely and responsibly at all times.”

A spokesperson for Redbridge Council said: “Being convicted of selling unsafe toys is a serious offence – particularly when your business is selling toys. The council regards the conviction for selling dangerous toys, and the obstruction of an enforcement officer, including all the circumstances of the case as a grounds for refusal of a licence. “All such licensing decisions are made on their own individual merits. The council would, however be prepared to meet with Mr Suleman and advise him of the reasons for the outcome of any decision made.”