The Textiles Recycling Association is to step up work with police to combat theft from clothing collections.
TRA national liaison manager Alan Wheeler will help officers analyse information provided by its members about the crimes.
President Gerald Cemmell told members at the AGM this month: “Textile bank operators have continued to be plagued by thefts from their banks and costly damage to their banks by thieves. Door-to-door collectors working with charities have also continued to report substantial losses.
“This is in spite of improved police responses to all textile thefts since the TRA’s meeting with detective chief superintendent Steve Head in 2010.
“I wish to remind members that they can and should report any intelligence on theft from banks or door-to-door collections and bogus charities via our website. I am very pleased that Alan recently got security clearance from the police to help them with this analysis work.”
Cemmell also announced that current vice-president Ross Barry would become president on 7 March.
The LMB Supplies chief will take the helm of the association when Cemmell steps down in two weeks’ time.
Cemmell said at the AGM: “I am delighted that Ross Barry has agreed to step up from vice president to president.
“Ross has given me considerable support over the last year and I know that working with national liaison manager Alan Wheeler, we can look forward to some exciting developments.”