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Postby admin » 11 Mar 2008, 20:21

Kerb crawlers in Norwich's red light district are to be sent on rehabilitation courses to get them to mend their ways.

The new courses, which have been successfully introduced in other parts of the country, will start at the end of April and will be compulsory for those cautioned by police.

The plans were outlined at a meeting of the Heartsease and Thorpe Hamlet Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) meeting.

Sgt Julie Johnson told the meeting: The course which is being called a 'change' course will be part of a conditional caution given to kerb crawlers.

The day-long course will challenge some of the myths about prostitution and get offenders to think about what they're doing and to mend their ways.

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New course offered to kerb crawlers

Postby admin » 25 Apr 2008, 17:45

From The Norwich Evening News

A pioneering new course aimed at changing the behaviour of men caught kerb crawling in Norwich is set to be held this weekend.

The one-day Change Course marks the first time Norfolk Constabulary has issued conditional cautions to kerb crawlers stopped on the streets of Norwich and sought to address their behaviour with a new correctional approach.

Six men, who have in the past few months been arrested for picking up prostitutes, have admitted their guilt and been issued with a caution on the condition that they pay £200 to attend this course.

The course is taught by former senior probation officer Ian Caren who has led similar classes on behalf of other police forces across the country.

The day is broken into four sections covering: the real life of women working in street prostitution; the offending cycle; the consequences of this behaviour; and planning for the future.

It was devised by Mr Caren and Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist Yvonne Shell and is monitored by probation officer Lynne Strong, of the National Trainer Sex Offender Projects NOMS.

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Prostitute spared jail

Postby admin » 28 Jul 2008, 19:00

From The Norwich Evening News

A prostitute who breached an ASBO (anti-social behaviour order) four times was spared jail at Norwich Magistrates' Court. Gemma Freeman, 26, of Morley Street, off Mousehold Street, Norwich, was arrested by police on Sunday for soliciting in a city street she was banned from.

Prosecuting, Claire Spooner said the ASBO to stop Freeman loitering for purposes of prostitution in Norwich city centre was issued at Norwich magistrates' court in December last year to run for two years.

Miss Spooner said Freeman, who was in custody, had previously been convicted for loitering on July 16, and added: “On Sunday night she was stopped on one of the roads by police, just before 11pm. She told police she was just walking to a garage. “However, she was searched and she was found to be in possession of a number of condoms and cash.

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Fear of rise in working girls - Norwich

Postby admin » 28 Feb 2009, 01:03

From The Norwich Evening News

Fears have been raised the economic downturn could increase the problem of prostitution in Norwich - with more sex workers out on the streets and an increasing number of people using them. The worrying claim comes from the Magdalene Group, a Norwich-based project which was set up in 1994 with the aim of helping those being drawn into prostitution.

They also voiced concerns that clients could become more violent as they struggle to regain power in their lives which they may have lost due to a lack of finances.

Project manager Canon Mair Talbot told the Evening News: “I think it will be more dangerous and there is likely to be an increase in prostitution, because people have fallen on hard times. When people fall on hard times they come under quite a lot of stress and that's when they give each other a hard time. Using people in prostitution is about getting a sense of power. People who have got the predisposing factors in their background may get into drugs and end up on a slippery road and people who have got a drug habit could turn that into something quite a bit more because of the stress they're under. All that means there could mean more women on the streets.â€

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Prostitute's plea for more tolerance

Postby admin » 05 Mar 2009, 16:30

From The Norwich Evening News

A city prostitute has today revealed that violence from members of the public in Norwich is more of a problem for her than aggression from clients. The sex worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, has worked in the industry for nearly 10 years, and said that she has had no problems from clients being violent or aggressive. But she says the main problem she faces in her job is the stigma and assumptions of members of the public.

She said: “A lot of the violence against street women comes from members of the 'community' - from throwing cups of urine or shouting abuse to physical assault. I've worked happily in the sex industry for nearly 10 years, with no problems from my clients, but there is a lot of hassle due to stigma and assumptions. Indoor sex workers' main problem for violence is robbers targeting us because they know we won't report crimes against us. If a man pretends to be a client in order to get a sex worker somewhere private, that's not client violence any more than someone robbing a bank is a customer.â€

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Crackdown on Norwich kerb-crawlers

Postby admin » 31 Dec 2009, 19:33

Prostitutes and kerb crawlers have been arrested following a police crackdown on the sex trade in the south of the city. Operation Breakthrough has seen officers use a mixture of high-visibility patrols, undercover work and targeted operations to tackle prostitution in the Lakenham area.

The crackdown was launched earlier this year after residents complained to police about the number of sex workers operating around Hall Road and City Road. The area is notorious for attracting the sex trade but after an eight-month operation police say they are seeing a noticeable drop in the number of women out at night.

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Ipswich sex worker banned from Norwich for repeatedly loiter

Postby admin » 07 Jan 2015, 19:15

Karon Raynor, of Bramford Lane, must also pay a total of £135 in fines and costs after appearing before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich. Prosecutor Colette Harper said the 45-year-old had been seen by police in Rosary Road in Norwich’s red light area at around 9.20pm on November 11.

When questioned Raynor gave no explanation for being there and left. The following day at 10.45pm Raynor was seen loitering in the same road and arrested.

Mrs Harper said Raynor had been given two previous prostitution warnings and also had previous convictions.

Originally an application was made for a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order to be made against Raynor. However, it was claimed this was disproportionate and draconian, the court heard. District Judge Celia Dawson was told Raynor did not object to an order being made, but felt it should only be for two years.

Sentencing Raynor the district judge said: “Because you have persistently offended in that area in Norwich city centre I take the view a Criminal Behaviour Order is necessary to prevent this behaviour continuing, and a nuisance to the public in that area.

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Re: Norwich RLD

Postby admin » 17 Sep 2016, 23:18

Patrols are to be stepped up in part of the city following a rise in reports of sex workers operating in the area. Police have received an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) linked to sex workers in the Rosary Road area and have vowed to tackle problems with an increased officer presence.

Superintendent Dave Marshall, Norwich policing commander, said: “We have seen an increase in the reporting of ASB and the presence of sex working in the area of Rosary Road in the last few weeks.

“We do actively work with partners including the Matrix and Magdalen Project to support sex workers in getting themselves out of the industry. However, there is also a need to enforce when divisionary activities fail to reduce the impact on the local residents and community.

“As a response we have tasked an increase in operations to tackle sex working and target those in the area. Hopefully over the next few weeks, as the operations and increased presence are felt, the issue will decline. We will look to take positive action against those identified in order to reduce the impact of individuals on the wider community.”

Lesley Grahame, a Norwich City councillor for Thorpe Hamlet ward, has urged people in the area to report incidents to police. She said: “It doesn’t guarantee action but a lack of reports guarantees a lack of action. I’m hearing from police that there are more patrols, but I’m not hearing this from residents.”

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Re: Norwich RLD

Postby admin » 19 Sep 2016, 20:33

Residents of Rosary Road in Norwich, who say their lives are being blighted by prostitutes operating on their road, are calling for a special area to be introduced in the city for sex workers.

Councillor Lesley Grahame, who represents the ward for the Green Party on Norwich City Council, says "safe zones need to be protected zones, not just out-of-sight zones".

"In a residential area, the street workers know residents will dial 999, so it's a lot safer for them than an industrial area," she said.

She's calling for a discussion about how best to protect the prostitutes and their clients, and to make the area safe and pleasant for those who live in the area before there's "been another series of murders like in Ipswich."

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Re: Norwich RLD

Postby admin » 31 Oct 2016, 19:42

The names Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls served as painful and daily reminders to prostitutes in Norwich of the peril they were exposing themselves to. There was a genuine sense of 
fear that they could be victims of 
the same crime that befell five 
women just a few miles away in Suffolk at the tender ages of 19, 25, 24, 24 and 29.

But a decade on from the 
murders and the conviction of Steve Wright – who was sentenced to a whole life term in 2008 – women in Norwich are again putting themselves in “incredibly vulnerable” situations. In recent months police have stepped up patrols in parts of Norwich, including Rosary Road, following a rise in reports of anti-social behaviour linked to sex workers.

Since January the Norwich-based Magdalene Group, which was set up more than 20 years ago to help sex workers and people at risk from sexual exploitation, has had 98 contacts with 34 different women on the streets in the city’s red light district.

The charity said that while the city did have indoor sex workers who seemed better able to manage their lives, there were many more still working the streets. “The women are still out there 
in incredibly vulnerable situations,” said Suzi Heybourne, chief executive officer of the King Street-based 
charity. “They are not out there lightly so whether it’s safe or not is not a driving force for them, it’s quite simply around survival – they need the money to address their addictions.

She added: “The women who work on the streets are the most chaotic, they’ve got the most complex issues that they are dealing with. These women don’t engage 
with mainstream services, they 
don’t go for their appointments 
with drug and alcohol agencies, 
they don’t show for their housing appointments because when you’re living in chaos you sometimes don’t know what day it is let alone that you’ve got an appointment.”

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Re: Norwich RLD

Postby admin » 11 Mar 2017, 00:18

Police will be carrying out targeted patrols in the Rosary Road area of Norwich tonight and over the weekend to address residents’ concerns. It comes following a number of complaints received within the last 24-hours concerning incidents of anti-social behaviour and prostitution.

Anyone committing anti-social behaviour will be issued with a direction to leave notice, which prevents them from returning to a specified area for 48-hours.

In a bid to address concerns, dispersal authority has been granted for the Thorpe Hamlet area, covering Rosary Road, which gives police officers powers to issue direction to leave notices to anyone acting in an anti-social manner.

Sergeant Mark Shepherd said: “This dispersal authority will run until Sunday evening and allows officers to issue direction to leave notices immediately without getting authority from a supervising officer.

“This means we can deal with incidents promptly and effectively and anyone refusing to leave, or anyone who breaches the order, will be arrested. I hope this action provides further reassurance to residents living in the Rosary Road area that we are responding to concerns about anti-social behaviour within the community.”

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