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Unlicensed punt touts could soon face prison sentences

By Ben Comber

A High Court injunction is now being considered to ban punt businesses from operating on all Cambridge City Council land.

The council applied to the High Court on Monday, July 24, for the injunction which would mean that anyone caught breaching the injunction may be guilty of contempt of court and could face a term of imprisonment, a financial penalty, or both.

Dave Prinsep, head of property services at the city council, said: “We are aware that unlicensed punt operators have expanded their operations to Sheep’s Green and Laundress Green.

“This is without the council’s authorisation or planning consent and is in breach of the byelaws of the Conservators of the River Cam.

“The High Court injunction will stop council land being used by unlicensed punt businesses.

“We have exhausted other ways of addressing this matter and the escalation of using Sheep’s Green and Laundress Green demonstrates that this is a necessary next step.”

A hearing date is now awaited.

The council says that as unlicensed businesses are responsible for much of the indiscriminate punt touting in the city centre, removing their ability to operate from council land will help reduce touting.


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