Parliamentary motion calls on police to tackle bogus charity collectors

Conservative MP criticises 'shocking' lack of interest from enforcement agencies

A motion calling for the government to ensure that local police authorities tackle criminal gangs responsible for bogus charity clothing collections has been tabled in Parliament.

Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, who tabled the early day motion, wrote in a blog post that the impact of these bogus collections on charities was immense and that the perceived lack of interest in the crime from enforcement agencies was "shocking".

"Because it appears to be such a small crime, it is not a police priority," she said. "But given its cost, the organised nature of the crime and the fact that many clothes are being exported for cash, I would say it is very serious indeed."

The motion condemns the activities of bogus charity clothing bag collectors and "recognises that this organised crime is becoming a nationwide issue".

It calls on the government to "facilitate the strict enforcement of the House to House Collection Act 1939 and punishment of those found in breach of the act".

Crouch hopes to secure a debate in the next few weeks to raise this issue with a minister directly.

"I will not rest until this issue is being taken seriously by the authorities and people can donate to charity collections safe in the knowledge that they are genuine," she said.

The motion was signed by seven MPs by Thursday afternoon.

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