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Bailiffs hit Grassmarket traders for 'stealth tax'

posted 8 Oct 2013, 20:34 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 8 Oct 2013, 20:38 ]

Bailiffs flooded into a famous city street as a row over a business levy described as a “stealth tax” intensified.

The enforcers were chasing furious Grassmarket traders who owe cash to a business promoting umbrella ­organisation.

The introduction of the Grassmarket Business Improvement District initiative (Grassmarket BID) has split opinion since it launched earlier this year amid claims it is poorly supported.

One trader said: “They really are using unacceptable bully boy tactics.”