Girl (5) fined by local council for running lemonade stand

Andre Spicer and his daughter set up a makeshift stall near their home

Girl (5) fined by local council for running lemonade stand

Lemons can be seen at a weekly market in Langenhagen, Germany | Image: Holger Hollemann/DPA/PA Images

A five-year-old girl was reduced to tears after being handed a stg£150 (€167) fine in Britain for selling cups of lemonade to festival-goers.

Andre Spicer and his daughter set up a makeshift stall near their home in east London, to sell 50p and stg£1 cups of fizzy drink to fans heading to last weekend's Lovebox Festival.

Soon after, they were confronted by four enforcement officers from the local Tower Hamlets Council, who handed the pair a fine for trading without a permit.

Mr Spicer, a professor at City University, said his five-year-old daughter burst into tears and said: "I've done a bad thing."

"It's not like she was trying to make a massive profit, this is just a five-year-old kid trying to sell lemonade," he told the Evening Standard.

"She was very upset because she was proud of selling it, and this really soured the experience."

After being approached by the council officers, Mr Spicer and his daughter packed up and went home.

He added: "Things like this are common in America... when I shared our experience with my cousin who lives in Chicago, he told me this would be a national scandal."

A spokeswoman for Tower Hamlets Council said the fine would be cancelled and an apology would be issued to Mr Spicer and his daughter.

She said: "We are very sorry that this has happened.

"We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense, and to use their powers sensibly.

"This clearly did not happen."