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Ipswich strategy gets award

Postby admin » 30 Jun 2008, 20:39

From Suffolk and Essex Online

COMMUNITY leaders have received national recognition for a pioneering scheme aimed at ridding a town of street prostitution in the wake of the Steve Wright murders. Following the deaths of five young women in Ipswich in December 2006, a special task force was formed, with the aim of removing street prostitution.

Featuring representatives from the borough council, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk police, Suffolk Primary Care Trust (PCT), Suffolk Probation Service, Suffolk Mental Health Partnership, the various agencies joined forces to develop an approach to dealing with the situation.

Earlier this month Suffolk police revealed that no prostitutes were currently working in Ipswich thanks to the efforts to convince women to stop touting for kerb crawlers. The task force has now been nationally recognised, receiving the Municipal Journal achievement award for effective top team leadership.

Jeremy Pembroke, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “I am extremely proud of the county council and our partner agencies in achieving this top award. “Working together in true partnership has made a lasting improvement in the quality of life for so many people.â€

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Ex sex worker walks free from court

Postby admin » 25 Jul 2008, 09:17

From The Suffolk Evening Star

A FORMER prostitute who repeatedly breached court orders has walked free from court after spending a weekend in police cells.

Phillipa Walker, was arrested on Friday for failing to attend South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on July 10 when she was convicted in her absence of breaching a community order.

The community order for six months probation supervision was imposed on April 17 after Walker pleaded guilty to stealing £5.65 worth of lager, however she failed to keep probation appointments.

The theft was a breach of a conditional discharge imposed by the court earlier in the year.

John Hughes mitigating for Walker, of Torville Road, Ipswich, said the 29-year-old was convicted of soliciting in March and the Crown Prosecution Service set down a date for a criminal anti-social behaviour order to be made on June 11.

Mr Hughes said: “The weekend before that she had been in a relationship and she was physically thrown out of the property where she was living with her boyfriend. She was in a very distressed state and she did not come to court because of that.â€

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Ipswich strategy hailed a success

Postby admin » 02 Oct 2008, 12:57

From Suffolk & Essex Online

IPSWICH'S prostitution strategy has been hailed as a success by university researchers today. Academics from the University of East Anglia (UEA) looked at Ipswich's attempts to get sex-workers off the streets of the town. Their report, evaluating the first year of the strategy's implementation, found evidence of early success, but added there were big challenges ahead.

Dr Fiona Poland, the UEA sociologist leading the multi-disciplinary team, said: "The formation of a new multi-agency team, known as the Street Free team, has been a key element of the work to support women in changing their lives and moving out of on-street sex work.

“Social workers, support workers, police and probation officers work directly with the women, and in liaison with staff from voluntary and statutory housing and health services and drug treatment agencies, to intervene to meet the particular needs of each individual. Putting it into practice has demanded a high level of commitment and personal effort from many agencies, professional and community groups. This has been rewarded by success in a number of key areas in these early stages. Ipswich police patrols have not seen any kerb crawler activity since spring 2008 and local residents report that they no longer see women involved in sex work on the streets."

The evaluation was commissioned to give the Joint Agency Prostitution Steering group information about how well the strategy was put into action and its effects in its first year. The new strategy led to 137 arrests for kerb-crawling in Ipswich between March 2007 and February 2008, compared with only ten in the previous year.

Dr Poland added: "It is also now vital to prioritise the needs of vulnerable younger people who may be at risk of being drawn in to street-working if they are homeless, addicted, or generally lacking support systems. Finding safe accommodation for vulnerable young people who are no longer able to stay at home with their families remains a particular challenge within the region.â€

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Postby Preacher » 04 Oct 2008, 14:22

There was a piece in The Economist a while back:

In Suffolk, where five prostitutes were murdered last year, Archant Regional, a big local newspaper group, decided with the police that the small ads should continue in order to stop the trade going underground. The newspaper passes information to officers and has made simple changes—such as accepting payment only by cheque or credit card for adult listings—which mean that advertisers can be traced if illegalities are reported.

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Help group's award bid

Postby admin » 10 Nov 2008, 21:44

From The BBC

A community group which helps women who have worked as prostitutes in Suffolk is in line for a national award.

The support group was set up in Ipswich following the murders of five local women during December 2006.

Local councils, Suffolk Police, health officials, the Probation Service and drug and alcohol action teams came together with voluntary organisations.

The Local Government Chronicle magazine shortlisted the group in the health category of its annual awards.

Work by the Joint Agency Prostitution Strategy Group also led to police arresting kerb-crawlers. The experts taking part in the project have also been able to help women wanting to leave the profession.

Det Supt Tim Beach, of Suffolk Police, who chairs the group, said it had made "considerable progress" in tackling prostitution in Ipswich. He added: "The recognition of this work by the Local Government Chronicle is proof that we really are making a difference to the women and the community affected by this issue."

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Postby Sukiyaki » 11 Nov 2008, 19:27

think this community group (SEP) ought to get some community group award!!!

this site does so much to so many wgs!!!! xxx :occasion6:

as for the Norfolk, can't comment much it could be just a PR stunt. x
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Postby admin » 11 Nov 2008, 21:00

Sukiyaki wrote:think this community group (SEP) ought to get some community group award!!!

this site does so much to so many wgs!!!! xxx :occasion6:

as for the Norfolk, can't comment much it could be just a PR stunt. x


Thanks Suki :-D

Maybe we should have an award like an Oscar but called a Suki LOL
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Postby Sukiyaki » 12 Nov 2008, 10:26

:oops: :oops:
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Postby mantwells » 12 Nov 2008, 11:15

Perhaps Suki will model for it in gold - like the oscars!

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Postby admin » 12 Nov 2008, 19:35

Of course she would LOL
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Ipswich prostitute guilty of soliciting

Postby admin » 12 Nov 2008, 19:57

From The Suffolk Evening Star

AN Ipswich prostitute told a court she was in a particular area of town for four hours at night shopping and looking for a pen and paper.

Laureta (Loretta) Johnson denied soliciting for the purposes of prostitution on August 27.

The 45-year-old of Stonelodge Lane West told the court she had got a lift to Handford Road at about 8pm to buy a can of strong lager from a shop in Surrey road. She said she had walked through Burlington Road and some back streets to the shop and then along London Road to Sainsbury's garage where she bought some tomatoes, onions and tobacco.

However, instead of walking straight home Johnson, who has a previous record for prostitution, walked along West End Road, Sir Alf Ramsey Way and Portman Road speaking to two men along the way.

She told police officers one man was a friend who lived in nearby flats and the other was a lorry driver she had known for a year.

Johnson said she asked him if he had a pen and paper so she could write down a telephone number she had just been given on her mobile telephone. She then followed the man to his lorry cab to get the pen and sat in his cab until her friend phoned her back with the number.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that when police officers approached the cab at almost midnight the curtains were drawn and when they knocked on the door the man was slow to open it. His shoes were undone and Johnson quickly handed over the telephone number to the officers as her alibi.

Marcus Croskell, prosecuting, said two condoms were found in Johnson's pocket along with a large amount of toilet tissue.

Magistrates' did not believe Johnson's story and found her guilty of the offence.

Johnson was conditionally discharged for 12 months and told to pay £200 towards court costs.

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Postby mantwells » 13 Nov 2008, 00:04

We wish!!

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Suffolk Police Policy

Postby admin » 22 May 2009, 20:59

From a report about a brothel raid in Ipswich

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Operation Impression was set up in March 2007 following the introduction of Ipswich's revised prostitution strategy, which aims to remove street sex workers. Nearly 140 men have been arrested since it began and police say indications are that kerb crawling activity has reduced dramatically. Police and other agencies are now targeting off-street locations.

Pc Janet Humphrey, also of the LASER team appealed for the public's help. She said: “We act on all information received. If we suspect a premises is being used to exploit sex workers, people can call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to alert us to their suspicions.

“We are not looking to prosecute sex workers as they are victims and we treat them as such. We try to help them as part of our work with the multi-agency team." Action will also be taken against clients of brothels if they are found on the premises during police raids.


It sounds as if the Swedish Model has come to Suffolk.

Sex workers are victims? Action against punters?

I'm struggling to understand what action they could take against punters?
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Re: Suffolk Police Policy

Postby Preacher » 22 May 2009, 22:41

admin wrote:
I'm struggling to understand what action they could take against punters?


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Postby Appoline » 23 May 2009, 00:08

Suffolk/ Ipswich is a very odd place to work. There is a lot of pimping and drugs issues and very little support for the girls from the parlour bosses.
Wonder which one it was, or if it was a flat. I worked in nearly all the parlours there a few years ago.
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