Tougher rules for Sheffield fundraisers

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SHEFFIELD has become one of the first two cities to sign up to tougher new rules to regulate street fundraisers.

Fargate in the city centre is one of the most popular locations for the fundraisers, who ask passers-by to sign up to direct debits in support of charities.

The rules, devised by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, have been adopted by Sheffield and Leeds.

Fundraisers must not follow a person for more than three steps, stand within three metres of a shop doorway, cashpoint, pedestrian crossing or station entrance.

The rules also forbid the workers from signing up anyone unable to give consent through illness, disability, or drink or drugs, or approaching any members of the public who are working, such as tour guides or newspaper vendors.