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|South Bank Stake Out
- London Eye traders under the cosh
THOUSANDS of tourists face a thirsty time as they queue for the London Eye after police stepped up their attacks against drink and snack vendors on the South Bank.
In a combined operation with the local Lambeth Council, Met officers yesterday confiscated the equipment of some vendors in an attempt to scare them off the area around the big wheel where huge numbers of tourists gather before visiting the Eye itself, London Aquarium and the many other attractions on the South Bank.
It is believed the council and police acted after complaints from the official, permanent drink and food outlets which would enjoy a handy price-enhancing virtual monopoly were all independent hawkers driven out.
As the area near the Eye is classified as private ground, many of the vendors do not need the license they would require on a public highway but police can hit them for obstructing the walkways. Many of the traders affected by yesterday's operation are set to be prosecuted.