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Prostitution calls in area of Southend 'are falling'

Postby admin » 12 Jan 2011, 21:03

Calls to police about prostitution in part of an Essex town have fallen significantly in the past 12 months. Essex Police has attributed the decrease in Southend to its work with street workers and kerb crawlers. It received 56 calls about prostitutes working in the Ambleside Drive area in 2010, compared to 179 in 2009.

Police said they had carried out high visibility and covert patrols in the area since March 2009 to try to deter woman from soliciting for sex. They have also gathered evidence against those who refuse to stop, and their customers, leading to 32 arrests under Operation Tressle.

Pc Jon Martin said: "Our primary aim is always to offer the women help and support. We work very closely with outreach workers who come out on patrol with us to approach the women and offer them help in the form of support for their addictions, employment and housing."

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Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

Postby admin » 02 Jun 2014, 19:54

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.”

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Re: Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

Postby Deviant » 02 Jun 2014, 20:16

Maybe they get a kick out of arresting sex workers and getting to push them around and put them in cells? Any halfway decent person would have some sympathy and leave the poor women alone. Its bad enough they are on the street without power mad idiots locking them up and harassing them.

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Re: Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

Postby triple h » 11 Jan 2015, 02:16

Chief Insp Simon Anslow has moved on to clearing suspected brothels now

‘We need your help to close brothels’

SOUTHEND’S police chief says he faces an uphill battle to get enough evidence to close down brothels under current laws, despite repeated complaints from residents.

Chief Insp Simon Anslow, district commander for Southend, responded to criticism from residents who reported a brothel was operating in London Road, Westcliff, in November, which they say is still operating.

He revealed it is just one of a number of suspected brothels being investigated in Southend, including one in Retreat Road, Westcliff, which was raided by police last month, after a resident raised fears for the safety of women in the property. He said: “We have had a number of reports of brothels in recent weeks and months.

“Most of these have raised concerns about antisocial behaviour surrounding the locations, with lots of people coming and going at different times of day, and the worry of what risks the prostitutes and clientele might bring to the area.

“There is understandable frustration these locations continue to operate, however, the law does not allow for the police to simply close premises down on a suspicion it is a brothel.

“Where there are legitimate concerns prostitutes are being made to work against their will, we will act swiftly to gain access to the premises and check on the welfare of those inside.

“This is action that we took in Retreat Road, Westcliff, recently and arrests were made. But this does not necessarily mean premises can then be closed.”

The Ab Fab Massage Parlour, in London Road, now called the Ab Fab Beauty Parlour, continues to attract men, who loiter around the premises at all hours say residents.

Southend Council stopped the operator using the flat above an empty shop as a massage parlour as it had no licence, but the council said it could legally do nomore and added it was a matter for police to deal with.

Campaigners say they will grill Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston about the matter at a public meeting on Wednesday, January 8.

Mr Anslow said: “I understand that people in Southend want to see a visible response to this issue and we are in the process of collecting evidence that will support closure orders under new powers to deal with antisocial behaviour

“To get this evidence, we need the people that are affected by the suspected brothel to provide statements.

“Some of our previous efforts around premises identified have been frustrated by people being reluctant to get further involved, but without legally admissible evidence, we cannot be sure of effectively dealing with the problem.

“We are working with our partners in order to come at the problem from different angles and ensure that people engaged in illegal activities cannot play one agency off against another. This work will continue over the coming weeks and months.”

Anyone with information about suspected brothels is urged to contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonmously on 0800 555111.

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Re: Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

Postby admin » 11 Jan 2015, 11:56

Thanks for posting that H, I've found some earlier articles about the Ab Fab Massage Parlour:


Fury over 'brothel' in Westcliff Street
Fury at lack of action over illegal massage parlour
Police leaders face grilling over 'brothel'
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Re: Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

Postby admin » 13 Jan 2015, 21:07

PROSTITUTION complaints are down in Southend but officers need to be constantly vigilant to keep the problem at bay, the town’s police chief has said. District commander Simon Anslow discussed the issue with Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston at a public meeting held at Chase High School on Thursday.

He said the number of calls the force received about prostitution, which mainly centred on the Kursaal area, had reduced significantly since the introduction of Operation Tressle in 2009 when the force received 179 calls in just three months. By contast, only four calls were made in the last two months of 2014, he said but this was only because of a constant intensive focus on the problem.

He said: “It’s a really deep, intractable problem that’s been in the area for a long while. I’m not satisfied with it and we will continue to work to put it down because, when we put resources in, it comes down but when we divert them elsewhere, it goes up. So we will continue to tackle it.”

However, he added although reports of street working prostitutes had gone down, there had been a general increase in the number of premises reported as brothels in 2014.

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Re: Cops - We’ve driven prostitutes out of Southend

Postby admin » 15 Sep 2016, 21:17

POLICE are using tough new laws to crack down on prostitutes blighting the streets of Southend. Officers have begun issuing community protection notices to sex workers touting their services across the Kursaal ward.

It is the first time the new powers- which were introduced in 2014- have been used against prostitutes. Breaching a notice is a criminal offence in itself, meaning police do not have to prove any other misconduct at court.

Sgt Ian Hughes, who heads up the Southend community policing team, which is behind Operation Trestle, told how the tough approach is designed to identify sex workers who are forced into prostitution. He said: “We have been targeting the area of Ambleside Drive, York Road and Riviera Drive for a number of years. It’s been an ongoing problem. It’s a popular location for that sort of community and people who wish to partake in such activities.”

Under the new crack down, prostitutes are first issued with a warning to stay away from a specific area before being given a written notice if they are spotted again. Police are usually reluctant to bring charges for soliciting against sex workers, but breaching the notice could see them end up in court.

On the first two nights of the police patrols, seven warnings were handed out, as well as three notices. Curb crawlers have also been targeted.

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Southend RLD

Postby admin » 14 Oct 2016, 19:33

“I AIN’T done nothing! Where’s the proof?” A woman- who we can call Katrina- screeches as the police officer finally persuades her to stop walking away.

The Echo is on a late-night patrol with officers from Southend’s community policing team around some of the town’s most notorious haunts for prostitutes and kerb-crawlers. Police have started using tough new powers to deal with the issue and few of the women are pleased about it.

Despite Katrina’s protests and repeated claims that the police must prove she is soliciting, that is simply not the case anymore. Using new criminal behaviour orders (CBOs), police have been able to designate the area around Ambleside Drive and Southchurch Avenue a no-go area for prostitutes and their clients.

Suspicion is all that’s needed to issue the first stage warning, which is then followed by a community protection notice if they are found in the area again. Breaking the notice by being found a third time is a criminal offence in itself, meaning the prostitute or the client will be summonsed to court. Kerb-crawlers are also being targeted, but as they are more difficult to catch a letter is sent to the registered keeper of any suspect vehicles.

Sgt Ian Hughes, patrolling in a marked car, spots his first suspected prostitute at about 9pm- which is early in the evening for these women. She was walking along Ambleside Drive, but the officer noticed a car was driving slowly behind her as she walked along, before driving off when the police car came in to view.

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Re: Southend RLD

Postby admin » 07 Apr 2017, 19:48

POLICE have installed new warning signs in a no-go area for prostitution in an effort to keep the streets free from trouble. Officers put up 14 new signs on lampposts around the Southchurch area of Southend to deter both prostitutes - and kerb-crawlers - from visiting certain roads.

The effort is the latest in a long-running operation to end the practice in roads where residents frequently make complaints.

Sgt Ian Hughes, of the Southend community policing team, said although there are frequent night-time operations to catch offenders, officers could not always be there.

He said: “What we are looking at are preventative measures to deter people when we are not there. The challenge is that when we are about people either are not stopping to pick people up or the women aren’t touting for business. By putting up these signs it’s something we can do to deter people on days when we can’t be around.”

The anti-prostitution patrols, carried out under Operation Tressle, have been going on for a number of years.

In recent months, police have been using tough new criminal behaviour orders (CBOs) to target prostitutes and their clients. Suspicion is all that is needed to issue the first stage warning, which is then followed by a community protection notice if they are found in the area again.

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Re: Southend RLD

Postby admin » 01 Aug 2017, 19:59

Residents are fuming over the ongoing problem with prostitution in their neighbourhood, are taking action to try and stop it.

Linda Crosby, 73, who lives in Ambleside Drive, has delivered leaflets asking neighbours to take part in a meeting about the issue in their road and has had a great response. She said: “We are aiming to do something about it, perhaps install CCTV cameras for a start. It’s been terrible lately. There are prostitutes on the corner and there was a pimp just sitting at the front of my garden. My son was taking the car out of the driveway and there he was just sitting on the wall.”

Ms Crosby claimed the police have not responded to residents’ demands to deal the problem.

Another Ambleside Drive resident, who asked not to be named, added: “There’s a lot of prostitutes and dodgy people hanging out late in the night and in the morning as well.” She has lived in the street for ten years and always felt it was unsafe to walk back home late at night. She contacted police in September 2016 to urge authorities to deal with the increasing numbers of prostitutes.

In an email seen by The Echo, the Southend District Community Policing Team responded: “The Community Policing Team try our best to patrol this area as frequently as we can, but the blunt truth is that there are just not enough of us to be able to apply the constant pressure we were able to four or five years ago.

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Re: Southend RLD

Postby admin » 02 Aug 2017, 21:22

SOUTHEND residents met with Essex Police and councillors at a local community meeting to tackle the growing prostitution problem in the borough. The meeting at Southend Civic Centre addressed the ongoing problems, particularly in Ambleside Drive.

A resident who notified Ambleside Drive residents of the meeting, but asked not to be named, said it was pleasing to hear that the council will install CCTV in the area to help combat the problem. She said: “It’s a terrible problem but you have got to feel for the police as they just don’t have the resources.”

Another resident who attended the meeting, but also asked not to be named, said: “The meeting was very informative. I come out with a bit of hope. I look forward to the CCTV going up. The prostitution problem has got ridiculous. I’ve had pimps approaching me asking me for business.”

At the meeting, Inspector Bill Potter reaffirmed that Essex Police is committed to curbing the crime rate. In a police statement seen by The Echo, he said: “We understand the concern the issue causes to local residents and it is something we are treating as a local policing priority.

“In addition to this ongoing work, I have committed to organising a room in the local adult college where members of the public can come and meet us, and members of Southend Council and other support services can share their concerns and any intelligence they have about the issue.” He added police are working with local charities to assist vulnerable women who have been trafficked into prostitution.

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