Issue Date: 18 April 2016
£500 fine for unregulated city centre collection
A man has been fined £500 for conducting a charity collection in Manchester city centre without permission.
Mr Nick Dodd, 27, of Beverley Street, Blackley was fined £200 and order to pay £300 in costs by Magistrates after selling items on the street which claimed to be for charity without the necessary permit.
On Friday 4 September 2015 Mr Dodd was seen by Manchester City Council officers talking to members of the public on Market Street and accepting cash for booklets.
When the booklet was examined there was a clear statement thanking the reader for their purchase and saying an unspecified amount of the proceeds would be donated to un-named ‘British homeless children’s charities’, which meant that the legitimacy of the collection could not be verified.
Mr Dodd was informed that he required a Street Collection Permit and advised to cease his activity.
Despite the warning Mr Dodd was seen again the following day, Saturday 5 September 2015, selling the same booklets, therefore the council prosecuted him for the offence.
On 23 March 2016 Nick Dodd was convicted in his absence of the offence of conducting an unregulated Street Collection.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “We are not in the business of preventing people form donating to charity, however we regulate cash street collections to make sure they are legitimate and do not abuse the generosity and compassion of local people.
“If anyone has doubts about any cash charity collection ask to see a council permit before donating – any genuine collector will be happy to show you their permit.
“Unregulated charity collections have the potential to deceive people about the final destination of their donations and take advantage of their good will – which is why we take the issue extremely seriously and wherever possible will prosecute.”