Wood Green school blasts car boot sale as kids buy ‘bangers’ and junk food
08:02 03 February 2011
TONY GAY at firstname.lastname@example.org
A SCHOOL called in police when children were sold explosive “bangers” and bulk-buy junk food at a nearby car boot sale.
Woodside High School says pupils were sold “inappropriate items” at the car boot sale at White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre in White Hart Lane, Wood Green – and is calling for it to go.
Joan McVittie, headteacher of the school, in White Hart Lane, said: “I think it’s inappropriate so close to the school and I’m not sure it particularly serves the community.”
Some savvy students at the specialist business and enterprise school bought large quantities of junk food to sell on to other kids at a profit.
But the school says the bangers, a type of firework, were also sold to children and turned to its own dedicated police officer to tackle the problem.
Ms McVittie said: “The sort of things that the students were able to pick up at the car boot sale were things like those little pellets that you drop on the ground and they make a large bang.
“They also sell large quantities of sweets and crisps and things like that – so some of our more canny entrepreneurial children were purchasing in bulk and then coming in and re-selling to other children.
“While we are a business and enterprise school and we quite like the enterprise, we’re not that keen on them coming and selling junk food to other kids.”
The last “spate of banger sales” happened early last term and the school said its dedicated police officer visited the car boot sale about the issue.
The sale is held every Friday from 6am to 2pm and temporary planning permission was renewed by Haringey Council in December.
Keith Boulton, of Countryside Promotions, which runs the car boot sale, said it has a strict policy banning firework sales.
The 52-year-old managing director said: “On our website it shows quite clearly we do not allow fireworks or knives or counterfeit goods to be sold, and any seller like that would be thrown off and not let back in.
“I’ve been operating car boot sales for 26 years. I was one of the first in the UK to set up car boot sales as a business and I’m one of the only operators that have strict guidelines about what can and can’t be sold.
“That does cost me obviously, but I have my own morals about what I would and wouldn’t want to be sold – where not everybody else has.
“I think we provide something that local residents require, somewhere for people to earn extra money and buy second hand rather than new in times of recession.”
He said the police and the school had not contacted him and he was not aware of children being sold goods, but that he would be happy to work with the school in the future.
The car boot sale has taken place in the sport centre’s car park since 1993 and has places for 55 cars.