Published On: Fri, Jul 11th, 2014 on 10:37 am

Kirklees residents told to keep vigilant of bogus collectors


Residents in Kirklees have been warned to keep vigilant when asked to donate to charities doing door-to-door collections.

It has been reported that collections have increased this month, but so have the number of bogus collectors targeting the vulnerable.

Cllr Steve Hall, Kirklees Cabinet member for Licensing, said: “It is sad that there are people out there who will take advantage of those wishing to be generous and donate to a charity.

“Anyone approached at home by a collector should ask for their council licence and also written authorisation from the charity they are working for, plus a valid ID badge.”

It is a requirement that all door collectors across Kirklees have a licence from the council, and it is illegal to collect donations of money or goods such as clothing without it.

The same rules also apply to street collectors who collect outside shops and markets.

Anyone who thinks that the collector at their door may be a bogus collector is asked to report their concerns to the police by calling 101.

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