Fifteen persons were charged during an illegal vending exercise in Port of Spain, on Thursday.

Official police reports state that around 10 am, under the supervision of Ag Sgt Deoraj and Cpl Maharaj, members of the Port of Spain City Police Street Enforcement Unit, proceeded to Charlotte Street and Independence Square.

The Police Service says officers approached vendors and enquired about their permission from the Port of Spain Corporation to vend on the streets.  The vendors reportedly were unable to provide any proof for legitimacy and subsequently were arrested.

A total of 14 persons were charged for various illegal vending offences. The vendors were granted station bail in the sum of $1,500 each and are expected to appear in virtual hearings before the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 22nd June 2021.

And in a separate incident, one vendor was charged for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

The 30-year-old man of Erica Street, Laventille, reportedly refused to comply with instructions when approached by officers.

A police report states that while attempting to arrest the man, he reportedly pulled away and a struggle ensued, where he dealt a blow to an officer. He was later subdued and taken to the City Police Station.

The 30-year-old man appeared before Justice of the Peace Stephen Young and was granted $20,000 bail with a surety. He is expected to appear in a virtual hearing before the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday 22nd June 2021.