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The sour truth of Oxford Street’s candy shop curse

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The US candy stores of Oxford Street: business rates unpaid, illegal goods seized and money laundering exposed. The Evening Standard’s Anthony France discusses the criminality behind some of the American sweet shops along the capital’s most popular shopping promenade, and how authorities are fighting back against them. In this episode:


  • The shops selling counterfeit goods
  • How Anthony was “stonewalled” by staff
  • Westminster Council owed millions in unpaid business rates
  • How some stores are ‘cleaning’ laundered money
  • How fewer checks are needed to open a business than to apply for a library card
  • The legitimate stores being impacted


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