Commission leads campaign against magazine sellers

The Charity Commission begins its bid to clamp down on bogus magazine street-sellers this month by working with city councils in Leeds and Liverpool.

Fraudsters who dupe the public into buying "good cause

magazines have targeted the two cities.

Around 15 publications have been halted in recent months and the Commission thinks co-operation with local councils, who are responsible for issuing street licences outside London, is the key to success.

"The aim is to stop them operating and to get more successful prosecutions,

said Commission spokeswoman Sally Aldridge.

I Meanwhile, the High Court last week ruled in favour of the Commission for its handling of an inquiry into the fundraising activities of magazine seller Alan Swain.

Swain was director of four fundraising companies that sold magazines on doorsteps in Hampshire and Dorset. The publications stated that all funds raised, except operating costs, would benefit local causes.

As director Swain had to pay costs and although circulation of the magazine has been halted, he is not required to return any of the £170,000 raised since 1998.

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