“Charity Muggers” face clampdown in Capital


An effort is being made to stop “chuggers” – charity muggers – from hassling shoppers on Edinburgh’s Princes Street. A code of conduct has been agreed by Essential Edinburgh, which looks after the management of Edinburgh city centre from a proposal by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.

Under the voluntary code, any street fundraisers will first have to tell people they are being paid to collect for charity and then only be able to work in designated areas.

They will also be forbidden to block entrances to shops.

It is hoped that the measures will improve the image of charity collectors and cut down the number of complaints about them.