Ice cream driver given go-ahead to work

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AN ice-cream van driver has been al­lowed to re-start his ca­reer de­spite po­lice con­cerns over his boss.

Ger­ard Melvin, who de­liv­ered ice cream in Drum­chapel, was granted a mo­bile street traders li­cence to re-com­mence work for Harry Ben­nett.

Ear­lier this year Mr Ben­nett had seven houses, three watches and £45,000 of cash seized by the Civil Re­cov­ery Unit (CRU) un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.

His for­mer com­pany Drum­chapel Ices had pre­vi­ously em­ployed Mr Melvin un­til the busi­ness was dis­solved in Jan­uary this year.

Po­lice Scot­land made a rep­re­sen­ta­tion to Glas­gow’s li­cens­ing com­mit­tee to warn that Mr Ben­nett had been sub­ject of a con­fis­ca­tion order.

But Mr Melvin said: “The po­lice quite rightly have con­cerns but they’ve not made any ob­jec­tions against me. I’ve had a street traders li­cence for 20 years.”

Mr Melvin con­firmed he had worked for Mr Ben­nett for “three years on and off”.

And de­spite the po­lice con­cerns, li­cens­ing chiefs granted his street traders li­cence for three years by a ma­jor­ity of 7-2. It was heard that Mr Ben­nett and his part­ner Chris­tine Cle­ments bought seven houses in Drum­chapel us­ing ‘un­law­ful con­duct’.

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