TWO police officers are to visit the Suffolk force to see how it tackles prostitution. PC John Martin and PC Dan Hedges hope to learn how the force cleared up the red light district in Ipswich following the murder of five prostitutes in 2006. This not only led to Steve Wright, 49, being jailed for life for the crimes, but also to a police crackdown on the sex workers. One measure they adopted was to urge kerbcrawlers to sign contracts agreeing not to enter the red light district or to approach lone women.
Sgt Paul Ahmed, of Southend’s neighbourhood policing team, told a meeting of the Kursaal Neighbourhood Action Panel police would be looking for tips to boost their own Operation Trestle, to drive out prostitutes from the Ambleside Drive area.
He said: “John and Dan will be going up to Suffolk to see what they did when there was a big problem in Ipswich and to see what we can do. Their issues up there were horrendous, even before the Steve Wright murders, so we are looking at how they dealt with that.”
Police had already been having great success in the Kursaal ward and only received one report about prostitution this month. This compares to 27 reports they had in July 2009 from residents who often complained their friends and family were being approached and asked for or offered sex for money. In the past two months police have spoken to 12 suspected kerb crawlers, and issued six street cautions to prostitutes.
Simon Lamb, who lives in Cheltenham Road, said: Operation Trestle is really successful. You used to look out of your window and four or even five nights out of seven see prostitutes. But now it's rare, it’s once a month, which is brilliant.”http://oldestprof.com/index.php/crimewa ... -crackdown