Big Issue sellers back in Liverpool

Big Issue in the North vendors were back on the streets of Liverpool this week after the magazine threatened to issue an injunction against the city council.

The council had warned that controls would be imposed following the Operation Manton drugs swoop in which 12 vendors were arrested in the city centre.

The Big Issue in the North said the council and police had been forced into a “humiliating climbdown”. It claimed it had lost significant sales as a result of the police and council attempt to ban the magazine vendors.

Fay Selvan, chair of The Big Issue in the North, said: “The actions of the council and police throughout Operation Manton have seemed a tough response to a serious problem, but were really only targeting an easy and vulnerable group – homeless people and people suffering from drug addictions.”

The Big Issue said 60 vendors were forced to move outside the city centre.

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