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CCTV camera welcomed by residents

Postby triple h » 20 May 2012, 01:54

CCTV camera's role in city's long war against prostitution

A NEW CCTV camera in a prostitution hot spot in Mapperley has been welcomed by residents and an MP.

The camera at the top of Elm Bank in Mapperley Park, which was paid for by Nottingham City Council, is helping Notts police catch kerb crawlers and identify prostitutes who wait behind the wall at the corner with Mapperley Road.

Penelope Dowell, 25, a resident of Elm Bank, said she had noticed a marked improvement in the prostitute problem since the CCTV camera was installed last month .

She said: "I used to see prostitutes standing on the corner at the top of the road in the past.

"It can be uncomfortable, particularly when my partner has been walking past and said they approached him. However, I'm pleased the camera has been put in place and I've certainly seen less women standing around the road since.

"I just hope they are safe and are getting the relevant help to get them off the streets."

The camera is the result of a partnership between Mapperley ward city councillors and the Notts Police on-street prostitution scheme.

The camera contains automatic number plate recognition technology, which records regular kerb crawlers' registration plates.

Letters are then sent to the owners of the cars to warn them that they were driving in a red-light area.

MP for Nottingham East Chris Leslie said he was impressed with the work being done in Mapperley.

He said: "Residents in the area had been contacting me about the problem of prostitution near their homes, so I recently met with Mapperley councillor Emma Dewinton and Inspector Paul Harris from the Notts Police on-street prostitution team.

"I was impressed with the recent CCTV and technological developments with the registration plate recognition.

"There's a lot of good work going on in the area to prevent women ending up in this terrible situation and the public need to know about it. But the good work must be kept up to stop this issue going underground."

Mapperley councillor Emma Dewinton said the CCTV camera was already helping to tackle prostitution in the area.

She said: "We have worked hard with police and residents to problem solve a local hotspot for antisocial behaviour and crime.

"The CCTV provides evidence, including number plate recognition of suspect cars, and will support existing patrols. It will be reviewed at regular meetings with residents."

Inspector Paul Harris of the Notts police on-street prostitution team said: "Since 2004 when there were 250 to 300 active prostitutes on Nottingham's streets, there are now below 50. We will continue to implement CCTV cameras in prostitution hot spots in areas such as Mapperley and to offer courses to stop men who we catch kerb crawling from reoffending.

"We will keep working hard to keep prostitutes off the street and help them change the course of their lives, away from that cycle of drug addiction and prostitution."

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Re: CCTV camera welcomed by residents

Postby admin » 20 May 2012, 08:48

Thanks for finding that H
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Re: CCTV camera welcomed by residents

Postby Stats2000 » 20 May 2012, 22:44

Were the Council to link that vice camera to a wireless network for those in the neighbourhood to monitor(for legitimate purposes only, of course) would they not recoup their costs for the benefit of local taxpayers ?
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Re: CCTV camera welcomed by residents

Postby gary » 21 May 2012, 06:08

i find it strange that they cannot help but always link prostitution to drug addiction it shows how narrow minded some people are

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Re: CCTV camera welcomed by residents

Postby Stats2000 » 22 May 2012, 00:20

Hi Gary,

In agreement there, Gary.

But, for the sake of discussion, could you not turn it around and say that if you're a hefty user of drugs with a resultant need of cash, then offering sexual services is now a frequent option which girls choose -hence the link which the newspapers make ?
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Kerb-crawler fined £300

Postby admin » 15 Oct 2012, 19:48

A MAN has been fined £300 for kerb-crawling in Nottingham. Nigel Feckey pleaded guilty to soliciting another person for the purpose of obtaining a prostitute in Balmoral Road, The Arboretum, on July 5. Feckey, 52, of Moore Road, Mapperley, was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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Street prostitution down by 80%, say Nottingham police

Postby admin » 04 Jul 2013, 15:43

Street prostitution in Nottingham has decreased by 80% over the past decade, according to Nottinghamshire Police. The number of prostitutes on streets in the city has dropped from 250 to about 50, the police figures showed.

Police said the fall was caused by "improved drop-in centres and outreach" and "effective one-day courses" had cut reoffending by men using prostitutes. But charity group Prostitute Outreach Workers said prostitution had not disappeared but moved off the streets.

Sgt Neil Radford of the force's street prostitution section said since 2004 more than 840 men in Nottingham had taken part in the "Change" course, which was designed to tackle kerb-crawling. Only 2.5% of those men are know to have reoffended, he said.

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Course for kerb-crawlers hits 100th session

Postby admin » 04 Jul 2013, 15:51

A PROGRAMME which aims to cut prostitution by teaching men about the realities of sex work has delivered its 100th course. Nottingham’s on-street prostitution team has been running its Change Programme since 2004.

It has now delivered 100 sessions to 846 men who were caught buying sex on city streets. Of these, only 21 are known to have re-offended – a rate of only 2.5 per cent. The team, a partnership of Notts Police and the city council, says the tactic is now one of the most effective ways of cutting prostitution in the city.

Sergeant Neil Radford, who leads the group, said: “It is so successful because it works to alter perceptions. For many of these men, it’s easier to see a sex worker as an object, so when you make that person real, you make it harder to abuse them without guilt.”

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Re: Police hail anti-vice operation

Postby admin » 17 Aug 2014, 22:48

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Re: Nottingham Red Light District

Postby admin » 26 Oct 2014, 14:57

AN anti-prostitution police team tracked a man's car after he was seen talking to a woman in the city's red-light district, magistrates in Nottingham were told.

It headed towards Mapperley Road and stopped on The Crescent at about 10.45pm on August 27, said Sanjay Jerath, prosecuting.

A known prostitute was in the passenger seat and the car was driven by Mark Dennett, 38, of Commons Close, Newthorpe. He was fined £75 with £85 prosecution costs and a £20 government surcharge after admitting soliciting a woman for a sexual service.

He told the court: "I just plead guilty. Just a mistake I have made."

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Re: Nottingham Red Light District

Postby admin » 22 Nov 2016, 20:01

Sex workers in Nottingham are subjected to 'horrific' and 'violent' attacks on a weekly basis, according to the head of a prostitution outreach charity. Daniela Scotece, chief executive of POW, said that the organisation receives a report of violence against sex workers every week. She said the abuse ranges from name calling to "horrific rapes where people are kidnapped and subjected to brutal attacks".

Miss Scotece said: "We have a report of sex violence almost weekly – often these aren't reported to the police. We provide a free confidential support network in our drop-in centre. It's a place where you can have a cup of tea, you can have a shower and some hot food. We offer practical advice so should anyone be raped, we are able to take evidence kits."

Miss Scotece's comments come as the Radford-based charity launches a series of films exploring the lives of sex workers. The films will be shown at various locations over the next couple of weeks and have been timed to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Friday, November 24, and the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers on Saturday, December 17.

Each of the films, shown in partnership with the Nottingham Red Project, will be followed by a question and answer session with experts on the topic.

Miss Scotece hopes the events will "lessen discrimination and stigma" linked with sex workers. She said: "It's an issue that we don't talk about enough. The tabloids are quite sensational. I think that sometimes the issue of sex work is stigmatised. It's important to look beyond the detail prostitute and look at the person as a human being."

POW works with around 340 sex workers a year – the majority of whom are women.

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Re: Nottingham Red Light District

Postby admin » 30 Dec 2016, 20:27

A Radford-based charity is a 'one-stop shop' providing support for Nottingham's sex workers. POW works with 300 sex workers a year – the majority of whom are women – and works mostly from its drop-in centre.

Daniela Scotece, chief executive of the charity, said: "Anyone who comes into POW does so on a voluntary basis. People might just want to come to get something warm to eat – we cook on Tuesdays and Thursdays. People might come to get a shower. We've got a clothes bank, which is probably one of our most tapped into facility. We offer sexual health screening which includes HIV testing. We also offer contraception and family planning."

The charity has always been geared towards traditional on-street sex workers but there has been a decrease in that approach to prostitution in Nottingham in recent years.

However, Miss Scotece said that all on-street sex workers in the city are addicted to Class A drugs and require their support more than ever. She said: "We have a drugs treatment clinic on a Thursday afternoon. Should we engage with someone on the street who is addicted to Class A, we have a rapid prescribing clinic."

POW also works closely with off-street sex workers, which could be someone who works from their own home, and visits them to offer sexual health screening and support.

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Re: Nottingham Red Light District

Postby admin » 12 Jan 2017, 20:34

A man who paid £30 for sex ended up with a £410 bill when the case was heard by Nottingham magistrates.

Karl Hodgkinson, 29, was caught by police officers who were carrying out an operation in the city's "vice area," said Ali Zaki, prosecuting.

A police community support officer was in plain clothes "in a hot spot for prostitution", off Forest Road East, when she saw a man approach "a known prostitute."

She alerted a police officer who detained Hodgkinson of Tithe Lane, Calverton after the incident at 10.55pm on Saturday May 28. He was said to be "in drink."

When the prostitute was questioned, she told an officer: "I just got £30 from him."

On June 6, Hodgkinson called at a police station for a voluntary interview and gave details of the incident.

Mr Zaki added: "He said he had been in Nottingham city centre for a few drinks and went to the vice area and paid £30 for oral sex."

He failed to attend court and was found guilty of soliciting to obtain sexual services of a prostitute in Forest Grove. Hodgkinson was fined £295 with £85 prosecution costs and must also pay a £30 government surcharge.

He had never been in trouble before and must pay the court bill in a month.

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Re: Nottingham Red Light District

Postby admin » 07 Mar 2017, 19:44

A man must pay £811 after police interrupted his £15 liaison with a prostitute in the grounds of Nottingham High School. City magistrates heard that Raheeb Ibrahim, 20, had paid the woman to perform a sex act - but police arrived and it never took place.

Their 10.20pm meeting had been spotted by a task force tackling city centre prostitution on July 20, said Lee Shepherd, prosecuting. "They had been seen going down Addison Street and Baker Street and through the gates of the High School. One officer heard rustling in the bushes and a male began to run," said Mr Shepherd. Ibrahim, of Oakdale Road, Carlton, was detained nearby after a brief chase.

When questioned by police, the woman said he had paid her £15 for a sexual service.

Ibrahim initially said that he lived on Bobbers Mill Road but later gave his correct address as police drove him in that direction.

Ibrahim was given the chance of avoiding prosecution by paying £240 to attend a course outlining the problems caused by sex offences. Mr Shepherd told the court: "He failed to attend the course and made no payment towards it."

The woman admitted she asked Ibrahim if she wanted him to carry out the sex act for £15. They both went into the bushes but police arrived and disturbed them, the woman said.

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Re: Nottingham Red Light District

Postby admin » 26 Mar 2017, 19:20

Just three women were cautioned for prostitution in Nottingham last year - and none were charged to appear in court. The figure - released by the Home Office - reflects the efforts of Nottinghamshire Police's dedicated prostitution team to move away from criminalising on-street sex workers.

The dedicated task force has cautioned 580 women and three transgender people soliciting for sex on the streets since it was launched in 2004. But the team - headed up by Sergent Neil Radford - will now only caution on-street sex workers "to try to steer them away from the streets".

The task force is instead cracking down on the men who trawl the streets for sex workers, an act more commonly known as kerb-crawling.

Sergent Radford said: "About 20 years ago we would have prosecuted the women at the start. We focus on demand and the men trying to buy sex. We look at support for women who are actually on the street."

Police cautioned 40 men for kerb-crawling in Nottingham last year. Five of them went to court, and there were eight who there was insufficient evidence to prosecute against. The rest went on a course that costs £240 - paid by the men who take part - which tries to get participants to change their behaviour.

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