Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

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POLICE have hailed the success of an operation to drive prostitutes off the streets of Southend.

Southend police say they are now rarely called out to prostitutes loitering around the Kursaal ward, thanks to policing powers.

Rules introduced in 2009, under Operation Trestle, have seen police working to a three strike rule.

Women seen loitering are given cautions on two occasions, on the third they are arrested.

Since 2012 no arrests have been made, but street cautions and antisocial behaviour orders have been issued.

The last caution was issued at the end of April.

The Asbos stop prostitutes from going to certain streets at certain times.

Chief Insp Simon Anslow, district commander for Southend, said in 2012 there was an average of ten incidents a month.

In the past three months, Southend police have only had eight calls.

He said: “There has been a significant drop.

“In August 2012 we ran an operation targeting kerb crawlers and 24 men were cautioned. It certainly looks like that has had a positive impact on street prostitution.

“Certainly, we have more to do, but we now have a much smaller problem. It remains an issue we are keen to keep on the priority list for the Kursaal ward.”

Mr Anslow said the reduction could mean prostitutes may be working from brothels instead of street corners and a centralised team of officers work with other agencies and intelligence to investigate them.

He added: “Southend is certainly not rife with brothels.”

Ron Woodley, chairman of Burges Estate Residents’ Association and an Independent councillor for Thorpe, said: “I haven’t had a complaint about prostitutes or kerb crawlers for six months.

“The major area this was happening is Ambleside Drive and that has dropped considerably.

“We know they were doing business in and around Thorpe Bay, but we took action to minimise it by fencing off Southchurch Park’s east car park.

“We sectioned off the car park and turned it into a park, so there were no bushes to hide in and no unsavoury things were happening.

“At one stage children were finding used condoms.

Now we have lighting from Kensington Road to Shaftesbury Avenue and over the footbridge.”

A RESIDENT agrees Southend’s prostitution problem has eased, despite having to rush to help his teenage daughter who was followed by a kerb crawler.

The man, who lives in Victoria Road, but asked to be anonymous, said there is still a problem, but it has “undeniably improved”.

He said: “Just last month my 17-year-old daughter was walking along Ambleside Drive and called me to say she was being followed by a kerb crawler. He had driven around three or four times. She had the sense to take down his registration number and I rushed to get her. It was frightening. I got there in two minutes and luckily he had gone.

“The police must not relax their grip. A lot of the problem is due to class A drugs and that hasn’t gone away so clearly they still need the money.”

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2:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Eastwoodian says...

with social media now offering ample opportunities to hook-up with like-minded individuals for lustful rendezvous, the days of girls touting the streets for business were always going to be numbered
with social media now offering ample opportunities to hook-up with like-minded individuals for lustful rendezvous, the days of girls touting the streets for business were always going to be numbered Eastwoodian
  • Score: 19

2:58pm Mon 2 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

That's because there are many brothels about in southchurch and westcliff.

Although credit where it is due, if their target was to get prostitutes off the street & they have done that, well done.
That's because there are many brothels about in southchurch and westcliff. Although credit where it is due, if their target was to get prostitutes off the street & they have done that, well done. supermadmax
  • Score: 14

3:11pm Mon 2 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

I'm sure the next person that gets mugged or beaten senseless will be thrilled by this sucessful use of police resources......
I'm sure the next person that gets mugged or beaten senseless will be thrilled by this sucessful use of police resources...... pembury53
  • Score: -7

3:26pm Mon 2 Jun 14

w-jback says...

Eastwoodian wrote:
with social media now offering ample opportunities to hook-up with like-minded individuals for lustful rendezvous, the days of girls touting the streets for business were always going to be numbered
I don't believe you, do you have any links - purely for research purposes you understand!
;-)
[quote][p][bold]Eastwoodian[/bold] wrote: with social media now offering ample opportunities to hook-up with like-minded individuals for lustful rendezvous, the days of girls touting the streets for business were always going to be numbered[/p][/quote]I don't believe you, do you have any links - purely for research purposes you understand! ;-) w-jback
  • Score: 16

4:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

kng says...

there are several brothels in the thorpebay southchurch and westcliff leigh areas .there is also one near southend victoria station.if you look online you can book up whatever you fancy at a moments notice.great that its off the streets but its definately thriving in suburbia very discreetly.personaly the police should be targeting the drugs that seem to be rampant in the area and cause most of the violence and theft.
there are several brothels in the thorpebay southchurch and westcliff leigh areas .there is also one near southend victoria station.if you look online you can book up whatever you fancy at a moments notice.great that its off the streets but its definately thriving in suburbia very discreetly.personaly the police should be targeting the drugs that seem to be rampant in the area and cause most of the violence and theft. kng
  • Score: 17

5:40pm Mon 2 Jun 14

danger2013 says...

This story is bu|| . I had a brass from Ambleside drive |ast night.
This story is bu|| . I had a brass from Ambleside drive |ast night. danger2013
  • Score: 12

6:19pm Mon 2 Jun 14

1nails says...

They will, never, never, never, never get the girls off any streets.!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!.
They will, never, never, never, never get the girls off any streets.!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!. 1nails
  • Score: -2

8:21pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dr Sloan says...

Boo!
Boo! Dr Sloan
  • Score: -1

12:17am Tue 3 Jun 14

wonga says...

I hope they paid their share of the petrol.. why should they get free lifts off the police?
I hope they paid their share of the petrol.. why should they get free lifts off the police? wonga
  • Score: -4

6:34pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Minceir. says...

"Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend".

What's the big deal? I drove one out of Southend last week in order to enjoy her services in a better neighbourhood.
"Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend". What's the big deal? I drove one out of Southend last week in order to enjoy her services in a better neighbourhood. Minceir.
  • Score: 3

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