A Norwich Evening News investigation has uncovered more evidence of wristband sellers operating without a licence, raising yet more concerns about the regulation of charity street collectors in the city centre.
Some of my thoughts on this issue can be read in their article, and my full comment is as follows:
"According to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Norwich is now one of the ten most likely in the country for people to be ripped off in an organised scam of one kind or other. That's one of the reasons I've teamed up with the Institute to become a #Scambassador for the city to raise awareness of how you can avoid becoming a victim too.
It's heartbreaking that local people who want to do good by donating to an on-street charity collection sometimes end up being ripped off. On-street collections need a licence from the City Council and Trading Standards at the County Council are responsible for taking action against unscrupulous collectors. If you are at all unsure about a collection, please don't donate and get in contact with the County or City Council. The action they can take will help maintain our trust in the legitimate charities we all donate to in order to help others."