Clothing collection company is fined

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A firm which collected clothes and bric-a-brac from generous Rotherham householders has been fined for operating without a licence.

Recycling Clothes Company Ltd was taken to court by Rotherham Council for collecting in the town when it was not allowed to.

Staff from the West Sussex-based firm delivered plastic sacks to Rotherham households for donations of clothing and bric-a-brac before returning to collect them.

But the company had been refused a door-to-door collection licence by Rotherham Council last year.

The licensing board refused the application because of concerns it had offered to pass on to its nominated charity only £75 of every £800 raised.

Rotherham Magistrates’ Court was told community protection officers from Rotherham Council intercepted workers collecting bags in Hellaby last November.

The company returned to Aston in April to make further collections, and staff were caught by council officers again.

The firm admitted two charges of promoting a charitable collection without a licence and was fined £600 for each offence. It was also ordered to pay £1,600 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Coun Peter Wootton, chairman of the Rotherham Licensing Board, said: “Rotherham Council recognises there is a place for legal and licensed charity collectors to work within the borough.

“However, this case emphasises that our community protection unit will investigate illegal collections and that we will take robust enforcement action against those who ignore the licensing process.”