A 62-year-old man who ran a pirate event-day car park near Wembley Stadium has had his business shut down.

Ramesh Chhagnlal Chhatralia, director of The Hallmark Trading Centre in Fourth Way, rented out event-day parking spaces to Wembley stadium and arena visitors.

The unlicensed business was permanently shut down by Brent council's planning inspectorate after it was discovered to breach planning control.

Following the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium in 2007 the number of car parking spaces at the venue was reduced from 7,200 to 2,900.

Mr Chhatralia had 120 parking spaces for rent and was ordered to cease trading immediately and refund all of the people who had rented a space.

Cars queuing to use the unlicensed car park

The decision to close the parking racket was praised by Brent councillors keen to reduce the number of cars in the borough.

Brent cabinet member for regeneration, growth, employment and skills, Councillor Shama Tatler said: "The council wishes to reduce car usage to alleviate congestion on local roads, promote more sustainable modes of transport and improve air quality."

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She added: "The use of the Hallmark site, which is in close proximity to the stadium, for parking purposes was unacceptable and this decision has confirmed that our approach in serving the enforcement notice was correct."

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