Warning over unlicensed charity collectors in Southend

Echo: Living statue Living statue

SHOPPERS have been told to think hard before giving money to people apparently collecting for charity in Southend High Street.

Southend Council issued the alert after the Echo discovered an unregistered charity collector seeking donations to “help the homeless”.

Under the law, charity collectors have to have a licence from the council.

Religious and political groups can set up stalls, but even they need a permit if they raise cash for charity.

Carl Robinson, who is responsible for issuing licences in the borough, said: “We operate a street collection permit scheme, which is aimed at registered charities.

Echo:

Sign: Helping the homeless?

“The scheme exists to bring some control to charity collections and ensure registered charities get a fair chance to collect for their organisations. If someone persisted in collecting without a permit or speaking to us, we would advise them of our scheme and encourage them to make an application.

“While we have no powers to move them on, we could, potentially, prosecute.”

The collector we spotted was posing as a “living statue” and seeking donations for the homeless. His sign read: “This is 4 the homeless people and any donation will be welcome received.”

When pressed about on exactly who would benefit from donations, he was reluctant to say.

Echo:

No licence: The living statue

The council later confirmed the man was not licensed.

In recent times adherents to the Hare Krishna faith have been seen handing out books and soliciting donations “to help the poor” near Burger King’s High Street branch.

When asked where the money would go, one of them, who gave the name, Govinda Hari Das, provided a flyer withawebsite address written in Hungarian.

They claimed theywere only giving out books, but it later transpired theywere also seeking donations to a Hungarian project called Food for Life. Again they had no licence.

The council issued 87 charity collection permits between April 2013 and March 2014, each allowing collections on specific dates.

A council spokesman said: “Police and council staff have identified people collecting without permits before, but they usually just move on, so records have not been kept. A registered charity will have a number, which can be checked, and will also only be able to collect in the High Street if they have a licence from the council.

“We would urge people to check they are dealing with a registered charity before donating.”

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12:31pm Sat 10 May 14

BIRLIS says...

This explains why the villagers in Hot Fuzz were so upset about the living statue in their village! :-)
This explains why the villagers in Hot Fuzz were so upset about the living statue in their village! :-) BIRLIS
  • Score: 12

3:13pm Sat 10 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

looks like a right bell end who likes to frighten small kids, recevid and Homless...more ridiculous and Gormless, or should i say Gomless.
looks like a right bell end who likes to frighten small kids, recevid and Homless...more ridiculous and Gormless, or should i say Gomless. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

3:29pm Sat 10 May 14

Nebs says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
looks like a right bell end who likes to frighten small kids, recevid and Homless...more ridiculous and Gormless, or should i say Gomless.
They can make serious money in the right location.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: looks like a right bell end who likes to frighten small kids, recevid and Homless...more ridiculous and Gormless, or should i say Gomless.[/p][/quote]They can make serious money in the right location. Nebs
  • Score: 4

4:01pm Sat 10 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Their should be a law against these parasites, and all registered charities
should have to state how much in the pound actually goes to the charity.
Their should be a law against these parasites, and all registered charities should have to state how much in the pound actually goes to the charity. John Bull 40
  • Score: 20

5:24pm Sat 10 May 14

runwellian says...

I organised a health market in a college at Southend and wanted to give out leaflets in the hight street, the event was free to stallholders and visitors ... but the council wanted to charge us to allow us to give out the leaflets.

How come these beggars are not arrested, why aren't they charged? Arrest them, keep them locked up fro a few hours, then kick them out of town!
I organised a health market in a college at Southend and wanted to give out leaflets in the hight street, the event was free to stallholders and visitors ... but the council wanted to charge us to allow us to give out the leaflets. How come these beggars are not arrested, why aren't they charged? Arrest them, keep them locked up fro a few hours, then kick them out of town! runwellian
  • Score: 15

7:46pm Sat 10 May 14

truthzone25 says...

This person obviously has no qualms about this well executed and prepared stunt,for the purpose of extracting monies from the gullible public..I would imagine that prior to this performance they have already secreted coinage into the pavement collection receptacle giving the illusion that there has been a swathe of pitying souls who have money to throw away..this elaborate circus act if used in the correct manner can collect the individual at least a fair pocket..is it right?..maybe because there is actually no law against it until the government makes one up..people will only moan because they haven't got the balls to do it themselves..am I right ?..maybe
This person obviously has no qualms about this well executed and prepared stunt,for the purpose of extracting monies from the gullible public..I would imagine that prior to this performance they have already secreted coinage into the pavement collection receptacle giving the illusion that there has been a swathe of pitying souls who have money to throw away..this elaborate circus act if used in the correct manner can collect the individual at least a fair pocket..is it right?..maybe because there is actually no law against it until the government makes one up..people will only moan because they haven't got the balls to do it themselves..am I right ?..maybe truthzone25
  • Score: -6

7:59pm Sat 10 May 14

the25man says...

I won't get caught out I'm to tight to give any money to anybody
I won't get caught out I'm to tight to give any money to anybody the25man
  • Score: 5

8:01pm Sat 10 May 14

truthzone25 says...

Already -3..amazing that those haven't the intelligence to make a structured comment..pathetic.
Already -3..amazing that those haven't the intelligence to make a structured comment..pathetic. truthzone25
  • Score: -5

8:05pm Sat 10 May 14

sesibollox says...

All these comments, yet nothing about the Romanians selling the Big Issue, of which they buy, and stand selling on many a street corner, for profit, never a check on them, they're homeless, yeah right...
All these comments, yet nothing about the Romanians selling the Big Issue, of which they buy, and stand selling on many a street corner, for profit, never a check on them, they're homeless, yeah right... sesibollox
  • Score: 13

8:42pm Sat 10 May 14

truthzone25 says...

runwellian wrote:
I organised a health market in a college at Southend and wanted to give out leaflets in the hight street, the event was free to stallholders and visitors ... but the council wanted to charge us to allow us to give out the leaflets.

How come these beggars are not arrested, why aren't they charged? Arrest them, keep them locked up fro a few hours, then kick them out of town!
Just who is going to kick them out of town?..soft policing with officers afraid of breaking human rights laws..it's obvious that the system needs a complete overhaul.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: I organised a health market in a college at Southend and wanted to give out leaflets in the hight street, the event was free to stallholders and visitors ... but the council wanted to charge us to allow us to give out the leaflets. How come these beggars are not arrested, why aren't they charged? Arrest them, keep them locked up fro a few hours, then kick them out of town![/p][/quote]Just who is going to kick them out of town?..soft policing with officers afraid of breaking human rights laws..it's obvious that the system needs a complete overhaul. truthzone25
  • Score: 5

9:09pm Sat 10 May 14

Dumbnut says...

Going slightly off topic: Has anyone seen the people who do the sand sculptures of dogs actually DO anything as opposed to just run an ice lolly stick the already shaped dog?
Going slightly off topic: Has anyone seen the people who do the sand sculptures of dogs actually DO anything as opposed to just run an ice lolly stick the already shaped dog? Dumbnut
  • Score: -1

1:51am Sun 11 May 14

_Lotus_ says...

Dumbnut wrote:
Going slightly off topic: Has anyone seen the people who do the sand sculptures of dogs actually DO anything as opposed to just run an ice lolly stick the already shaped dog?
Somebody designed the sand sculptured dogs, bloody impressive they are too! Could you design and build a sand-dog? I know I couldn't, **** clever if you ask me!
[quote][p][bold]Dumbnut[/bold] wrote: Going slightly off topic: Has anyone seen the people who do the sand sculptures of dogs actually DO anything as opposed to just run an ice lolly stick the already shaped dog?[/p][/quote]Somebody designed the sand sculptured dogs, bloody impressive they are too! Could you design and build a sand-dog? I know I couldn't, **** clever if you ask me! _Lotus_
  • Score: -6

7:52am Sun 11 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
Dumbnut wrote:
Going slightly off topic: Has anyone seen the people who do the sand sculptures of dogs actually DO anything as opposed to just run an ice lolly stick the already shaped dog?
Somebody designed the sand sculptured dogs, bloody impressive they are too! Could you design and build a sand-dog? I know I couldn't, **** clever if you ask me!
i seen a few dogs that have left sculptures on beaches.
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dumbnut[/bold] wrote: Going slightly off topic: Has anyone seen the people who do the sand sculptures of dogs actually DO anything as opposed to just run an ice lolly stick the already shaped dog?[/p][/quote]Somebody designed the sand sculptured dogs, bloody impressive they are too! Could you design and build a sand-dog? I know I couldn't, **** clever if you ask me![/p][/quote]i seen a few dogs that have left sculptures on beaches. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 11

11:59am Sun 11 May 14

sesibollox says...

truthzone25 wrote:
Already -3..amazing that those haven't the intelligence to make a structured comment..pathetic.
Like you, you pr@t
[quote][p][bold]truthzone25[/bold] wrote: Already -3..amazing that those haven't the intelligence to make a structured comment..pathetic.[/p][/quote]Like you, you pr@t sesibollox
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Sun 11 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

I'll arrange some fisticounselling
I'll arrange some fisticounselling carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -2

6:50pm Sun 11 May 14

Almeda11 says...

truthzone25 wrote:
This person obviously has no qualms about this well executed and prepared stunt,for the purpose of extracting monies from the gullible public..I would imagine that prior to this performance they have already secreted coinage into the pavement collection receptacle giving the illusion that there has been a swathe of pitying souls who have money to throw away..this elaborate circus act if used in the correct manner can collect the individual at least a fair pocket..is it right?..maybe because there is actually no law against it until the government makes one up..people will only moan because they haven't got the balls to do it themselves..am I right ?..maybe
Well l wouldn`t want to do it, but if charity collectors are properly registered and people want to give then that is their choice.
[quote][p][bold]truthzone25[/bold] wrote: This person obviously has no qualms about this well executed and prepared stunt,for the purpose of extracting monies from the gullible public..I would imagine that prior to this performance they have already secreted coinage into the pavement collection receptacle giving the illusion that there has been a swathe of pitying souls who have money to throw away..this elaborate circus act if used in the correct manner can collect the individual at least a fair pocket..is it right?..maybe because there is actually no law against it until the government makes one up..people will only moan because they haven't got the balls to do it themselves..am I right ?..maybe[/p][/quote]Well l wouldn`t want to do it, but if charity collectors are properly registered and people want to give then that is their choice. Almeda11
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Sun 11 May 14

Almeda11 says...

truthzone25 wrote:
runwellian wrote: I organised a health market in a college at Southend and wanted to give out leaflets in the hight street, the event was free to stallholders and visitors ... but the council wanted to charge us to allow us to give out the leaflets. How come these beggars are not arrested, why aren't they charged? Arrest them, keep them locked up fro a few hours, then kick them out of town!
Just who is going to kick them out of town?..soft policing with officers afraid of breaking human rights laws..it's obvious that the system needs a complete overhaul.
Well yes, of course if they really ARE breaking human rights law then of course they wouldn`t be able too, although l remember, a few years ago, that police were deployed at Southend train station to prevent football hooligans coming into Southend.

The problem is, that even if they were accompanied to a station and given a ticket to somewhere else, they would simply just carry on " somewhere else! ! so that`s no answer to the problem either, neither is locking them up in jail at the taxpayers expense, we need a complete overhaul of a lot of things here.
[quote][p][bold]truthzone25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: I organised a health market in a college at Southend and wanted to give out leaflets in the hight street, the event was free to stallholders and visitors ... but the council wanted to charge us to allow us to give out the leaflets. How come these beggars are not arrested, why aren't they charged? Arrest them, keep them locked up fro a few hours, then kick them out of town![/p][/quote]Just who is going to kick them out of town?..soft policing with officers afraid of breaking human rights laws..it's obvious that the system needs a complete overhaul.[/p][/quote]Well yes, of course if they really ARE breaking human rights law then of course they wouldn`t be able too, although l remember, a few years ago, that police were deployed at Southend train station to prevent football hooligans coming into Southend. The problem is, that even if they were accompanied to a station and given a ticket to somewhere else, they would simply just carry on " somewhere else! ! so that`s no answer to the problem either, neither is locking them up in jail at the taxpayers expense, we need a complete overhaul of a lot of things here. Almeda11
  • Score: 1

7:20pm Sun 11 May 14

hornsxandxhalos says...

Hahaha! why the hell would you give money to someone looking like that.
Hahaha! why the hell would you give money to someone looking like that. hornsxandxhalos
  • Score: 2

9:43pm Sun 11 May 14

Almeda11 says...

hornsxandxhalos wrote:
Hahaha! why the hell would you give money to someone looking like that.
lt`s a good disguise though !
[quote][p][bold]hornsxandxhalos[/bold] wrote: Hahaha! why the hell would you give money to someone looking like that.[/p][/quote]lt`s a good disguise though ! Almeda11
  • Score: 3

11:15am Mon 12 May 14

essex bad boy says...

Will this also include shops now as so many are "claiming to be a "charity shop like the one in North Road, no license is displayed in the shop. The Council should now crack down on these as well
Will this also include shops now as so many are "claiming to be a "charity shop like the one in North Road, no license is displayed in the shop. The Council should now crack down on these as well essex bad boy
  • Score: 3

1:11pm Mon 12 May 14

hornsxandxhalos says...

Almeda11 wrote:
hornsxandxhalos wrote:
Hahaha! why the hell would you give money to someone looking like that.
lt`s a good disguise though !
That's true, lol.
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornsxandxhalos[/bold] wrote: Hahaha! why the hell would you give money to someone looking like that.[/p][/quote]lt`s a good disguise though ![/p][/quote]That's true, lol. hornsxandxhalos
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Mon 12 May 14

angryofessex says...

sesibollox wrote:
All these comments, yet nothing about the Romanians selling the Big Issue, of which they buy, and stand selling on many a street corner, for profit, never a check on them, they're homeless, yeah right...
The Romanian Big Issue sellers are registered a self-employed. It gives them the right to claim housing benefit and income support. So you are correct they are not homeless.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: All these comments, yet nothing about the Romanians selling the Big Issue, of which they buy, and stand selling on many a street corner, for profit, never a check on them, they're homeless, yeah right...[/p][/quote]The Romanian Big Issue sellers are registered a self-employed. It gives them the right to claim housing benefit and income support. So you are correct they are not homeless. angryofessex
  • Score: 0

6:43pm Mon 12 May 14

roger moore says...

if i looked like that i think id kill myself haha
if i looked like that i think id kill myself haha roger moore
  • Score: 0

10:25pm Mon 12 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

angryofessex wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
All these comments, yet nothing about the Romanians selling the Big Issue, of which they buy, and stand selling on many a street corner, for profit, never a check on them, they're homeless, yeah right...
The Romanian Big Issue sellers are registered a self-employed. It gives them the right to claim housing benefit and income support. So you are correct they are not homeless.
Fuuckin obvious d1ckhead...
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: All these comments, yet nothing about the Romanians selling the Big Issue, of which they buy, and stand selling on many a street corner, for profit, never a check on them, they're homeless, yeah right...[/p][/quote]The Romanian Big Issue sellers are registered a self-employed. It gives them the right to claim housing benefit and income support. So you are correct they are not homeless.[/p][/quote]Fuuckin obvious d1ckhead... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

11:13pm Mon 12 May 14

tttutor says...

Keep your spare change in your spare purse at home
Keep your spare change in your spare purse at home tttutor
  • Score: 2

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