Retired nurse who sells ice creams from a triccyle claims traders have

She has become a familiar sight along the promenades of Lyme Regis selling mango melbars and cherry bombs from her vintage tricycle.However after it became apparent Marie Amesbury, 46, had only paid £12.25 for a pedlar’s certificate to sell her ice creams, other traders, who pay significantly more for business rates, cried foul play.Before long, Ms Amesbury, a mother of two and former Royal Navy nurse, was accused of “stealing business”. Local traders have since set up a petition to ban her from pedaling ice cream along the sea front while Dorset Police have confirmed they are investigating claims of harassment after Ms Amesbury said she was spat at and threatened.”I have been spat at several times, I’ve been called nasty names, had threats of violence, been followed and photographed and had false allegations made against me,” she said.Sam Hanbury, who along with his wife, owns Baboo Gelato, an award-winning parlour on the sea front, said the “happy eco system” within which they operate had been “challenged”.”We’ve been here two years and we have a really friendly and happy relationship with the other kiosks and restaurants,” he said.“I think it’s unfair, we pay significant rates as does everybody else and if somebody comes to peddle in front of you logically you’re going to be upset.” Another seller added: “I think the problem is that some businesses over the last ten years have tried to do trikes but they have gone through official channels and they haven’t been allowed.“I think a couple of people have approached her to ask how she’s able to do it and it’s just gone downhill from there on both sides.” A petition has been set up to prevent her from selling ice creamsCredit: Source:  She wheels her tricycle up and down the promenade She wheels her tricycle up and down the promenadeCredit: Richard Austin / SWNS There are currently six ice cream sellers on the seafront at Lyme Regis.One ice cream business owner, who did not want to be named, said: “She goes up and and down the whole seafront and a local lady raised it with me that she was concerned about it but I’ve had no dealings with her and it’s had no impact on our business.” A petition has been set up to prevent her from selling ice creams According to Mark Green, deputy town clerk, of Lyme Regis Town Council, Mrs Amesbury’s request to trade along the seafront and in the gardens had been previously refused however she continued to trade without the “council’s consent”.”The council has received several complaints from local traders and we are aware there is a petition calling for a bylaw to be introduced to prevent unauthorised trading in Lyme Regis.”He added that the council has “in no way encouraged anyone who may have subsequently complained about her activities”.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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