Shrewsbury's 'aggressive chuggers' criticised by police

Police have criticised the "aggressive" tactics used by some street fundraisers operating in Shropshire.

Pride Hill in Shrewsbury has reportedly become a hot-spot for "charity muggers" or "chuggers" who ask people to make a regular donation to charity.

Sgt Clare Greenaway said the collectors could have a negative impact on shoppers and businesses.

The Institute of Fundraising said it wanted to work with the county council to manage sites in the town centre.

Ms Greenaway, from West Mercia Police, said direct debit collectors needed to act in "an appropriate manner".

Council 'powerless'

"People have been known to chase general members of the public down the street," she said.

The Institute of Fundraising's Simon Morrison said fundraisers worked on commission.

"Street fundraising is one of the better ways in terms of the return on the investment and the amount of money that goes straight to a charity," he said.

"We set the regulations that face-to-face fundraisers actually operate under and certainly chasing you down the street is something they're not supposed to do."

Carol Foster, from Shropshire Council, said the authority was powerless to control the collectors because they operated "outside of the street collection legislation".

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