Council bosses are considering legal action to prevent an explosion of charity collectors and campaigners after a landmark ruling.

The decision by Brighton and Hove City Council follows an acquittal of a campaigner who was collecting without a license.

Activist Tony Greenstein was picked up by police in Brighton city centre after he was found to be without a council-issued permit while collecting for the Brighton Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

But last week magistrates dismissed the charge against Mr Greenstein under the Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1916, and said he was acting in good faith.

The ruling could potentially set a precedent and see more campaigners and charity collectors crowding the city’s streets.

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