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A couple from St Leonards have been fined for running an illegal car repair business in a residential area.

Hastings Borough Council said there were repeated warnings to Sean and Sylvia Fullick of Wishing Tree North, asking them to remove cars and car parts.

However, they continued to operate their business, and have now been ordered to pay £725 in total.

Deputy leader of the council Kim Forward said:

“Hastings Borough Council is committed to ensuring that the quality of the lives of its residents and their environment is improved.

“In this case, complaints had been received about the use of a residential property for car repair and the owners chose to ignore advice to stop so an enforcement notice was served.

“This too was ignored and the use continued which left the council no alternative but to prosecute.

“I am delighted that the hard work of our officers has paid off and that the magistrates have upheld our position by convicting the defendants.

“It sends a clear message that unauthorised activity of this sort which negatively impacts on our residents will not be tolerated.”