Council push to make 'chugging' illegal

Jo Robinson

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'Chuggers' or charity muggers - the commonly used term for charity workers who approach people in the street to encourage them to regularly contribute to a cause - look set to be banned from more streets around the UK, and one council is attempting to make some collecting illegal.

A number of councils have moved to restrict fundraisers to certain areas of town at certain times of the day, but Newcastle City Council wants to go a step further, making certain collecting an offence punishable with a fine.