Good to see the council taking some enforcement action and tackling the long standing unlicensed Pirate Books at 4 York Way. The shop was an eyesore for people arriving in Kings Cross and redolent of the Kings Cross of the 1980-90s.
On the Cally Road resident led action led to the licensed Soho Books sex shop having an attractive shop front – for some time the best on that stretch of road. So its good to see this one being sorted out by the council. Also on that bit of the Cally the Paradise Island brothel is now an estate agent, though it’s debatable how much progress that represents…
Paul Convery reports over on the Cally Councillors blog:
‘Islington Council has successfully prosecuted the owners and operators of an unlicensed sex shop at Kings Cross. Today, September 29th, Highbury Magistrates ordered fines and costs totalling £35,360.
Cally Councillors have welcomed the prosecution of “Pirate Bookshop” at 4 York Way.
The defendants were Maria O’Sullivan and her company Ballaction London Ltd. The company was fined £17,500 plus £2,830 costs and £15 victim support surcharge.
Mrs O’Sullivan is the sole director of the company and was personally fined £15,000 plus £15 victim support surcharge. The case was brought under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
Maria O’Sullivan is the mother of snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan. She has attempted to run several sex-related businesses in north London over recent years and was jailed for a year in 1996 for tax evasion.
Caledonian Ward Councillor Paul Convery said “I am very pleased that the Council’s case has been successful. For nearly 5 years, we have repeatedly called for legal action against unlicensed sex shops in Kings Cross. The first step in ridding the area of its vice reputation is to get rid of every vice-related business, particularly the ones that refuse to be licensed by the local authority. Our policy is simple – zero tolerance against all types of sleazy and illegal sex related activities.”