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School ban freezes ice cream vans; CHILDREN.

ICE cream vans have been banned from stopping outside schools by a killjoy council.

Pupils have long enjoyed the treat on their way home but officials say the habit is unhealthy and must stop.

The vans are also banned from touting for business in town centres - because they "cause congestion".

Traders who flout the rules have been warned that their vans, which cost up to pounds 40,000, will be impounded.

Hillingdon Council in West London says it acted to "encourage healthier eating habits in children".

But yesterday ice cream sellers hit back, saying headteachers often welcomed them to their schools.

Trader Pete Bhogal, 45, described ice creams as a "British tradition".
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 17, 2010
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