IT’S heartening to see a swift police and council reaction to people’s concerns that bogus charity collectors were operating in parts of Huddersfield.

The Examiner often gets tip-offs about this kind of activity and we always endeavour to check out if the company behind it is legitimate.

People in Birchencliffe, Salendine Nook and Lindley raised concerns with Kirklees Licensing which led to yesterday’s swoop in a joint police and Kirklees operation – and the three arrests.

Many charities are finding times exceptionally tough with many hopefully posting collecting bags through doors in the hope of bric-a-brac that will raise a few pounds.

Bogus collectors are diverting much-needed revenue away from these genuine good causes.

And when this happens the main victims are the vulnerable, the old and the needy who rely so much on charity.

In this case the collectors were claiming that they were gathering bags of clothes to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Don’t be afraid to challenge anyone who comes to the door to prove they are who they say they are and can also prove that the charity has formally backed their collection.

If in any doubt, give nothing.

It is in everyone’s interests to look out for the bogus collectors and if you are suspicious make sure you make a good note of their descriptions, the vehicles they are driving along with registration numbers.

Then pass it all on to the police and let’s hope they will be able to act as quickly the next time.