Greenwich council has been working closely with the police to stop illegal ice cream sellers duping residents.

Operation Double Scoop took place on June 8 after the council received a lot of calls and complaints from residents and businesses about itinerant ice cream traders that travel from place to place in the borough. Concerns have been raised about the fumes coming from ice cream vans, as their engines are left running to power fridges whilst they’re stationary.

As well as air pollution, there is also the issue of food safety, ice cream is a high risk perishable product and legally these traders should have food management procedures in place to protect consumers.

Double Scoop is the first of many operations to catch these irresponsible ice cream traders.

Particularly in Greenwich town centre, ice cream vans are constantly trading within the prohibited areas.

Despite fixed penalty notices being issued by the council in the weeks leading up to the operation, the traders have continued to sell ice cream illegally in the area.

Any itinerant ice cream trader found operating in a prohibited area will face prosecution and may have their vehicle seized.

Though no vehicles were seized on June 8, Operation Double Scoop will continue till the end of September 2019.

Cllr Jackie Smith said: “We have many responsible ice cream vendors in Greenwich and we encourage anyone who would like to sell ice cream in the borough to do so legally.

“We will take action against any itinerant ice cream trader who thinks they can ignore the rules - anyone caught illegally trading within Royal Greenwich will be prosecuted if they fail to comply.”

If you are an ice cream vendor, contact the environmental health department if you want to sell ice cream in Greenwich responsibly, by emailing or calling 020 8921 8186.