Worksop Market is joining a new scheme bidding to crack down on traders who sell counterfeit and dangerous goods.
Bassetlaw District Council is joining forces with County Hall and the Real Deal scheme, a nationwide partnership initiative which aims to promote a fair trading environment fir all traders.
Real Deal, which will also cover Retford Market, involves trading standards teams, market operators and traders tackling the problem of a small minority of illicit traders selling illegal products on markets.
Illegal goods which are not welcome on the market include stolen goods, counterfeit goods, unsafe goods, tobacco products with duty unpaid, alcoholic goods, offensive weapons, fireworks and items for people aged 18 or over.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “We are delighted that Bassetlaw District Council has joined forces with the county council to stamp out the sale of any illicit goods at both Retford Market and Worksop Market.
“Signing up to the Real Deal sends a clear message that we do not tolerate the sale of counterfeit, dangerous, illegal or inappropriate goods on the market, and our Trading Standards team will work with the markets to ensure everyone follows the Real Deal code.”
Councillor Jo White, cabinet member for regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said the authority “activelyencouraged quality products to be sold on our markets”.
“Illicit market traders not only have a detrimental effect on the reputation of both the market and legitimate traders, they can impact on the reputation of the brands they sell and their customers by supplying both unsafe and incorrectly described goods,” she added.
“While Retford and Worksop Markets not only add vibrancy to our town centres, they play a vital role in the community, helping to make them a destination for all - whether shopping, visiting, as a place to live or location to work.”
Illicit market traders have been warned they can expect to have their goods seized and be subject to formal investigation and prosecution.
Any traders who breach the code of practice upheld by Real Deal market operators can be removed from the market place.