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'Chugger' clampdown in Edinburgh's Princes Street

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Image caption Charity street fundraisers have been dubbed by some people as "charity muggers" or "chuggers"

Efforts are being made to stop charity fundraisers who hassle shoppers on Edinburgh's Princes Street.

The clampdown on so called "chuggers" - charity muggers - follows a code of conduct from city centre management and the fundraisers' regulatory body.

Under the voluntary code, the street fundraisers will only be able to work in designated areas and will not be allowed to block shop entrances.

They must also tell people they are being paid to collect for charity.

Essential Edinburgh, which looks after the management of Edinburgh city centre, has agreed the code of conduct with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association to improve the image of the charity collectors and to cut down complaints about them.

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