Via Yahoo News »
Street stalls collecting tens of thousands of pounds a year have been closed in what police say is a clampdown on the funding of the criminal actions of animal rights extremists.
Twenty-one people have been charged following the six-month crackdown, which targeted stalls manned in central London locations including Oxford Street.
Police claim members of the public who gave money to the stallholders “may well” have been unwittingly funding criminal activity.
But animal rights activists have hit back, claiming the police clampdown was politically motivated and demanding proof of a link between the street collections and criminal activity.
Four people have already admitted charges of street collecting without a licence and five more will appear in court in April to face the same charge.
Det Chief Insp Tim Yarrow of Scotland Yard’s Public Order Crime Unit, which carried out the clampdown, said: “Members of the public giving money to organisations collecting without a license or accounts must appreciate that they will have no certain knowledge of how that money is then spent and they may well be funding criminal activity.”
Feb 25th update: A comment from Arkangel for Animal Liberation about the whole story: News as Propaganda