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Newport prostitute given ASBO

Postby admin » 10 Mar 2008, 19:20

From The South Wales Argus

A WOMAN who, it was claimed, funds a £150 a day heroin habit working as a prostitute, was given an Anti Social Behaviour Order. Jade Payne, 26 of New Street, Newport was given the two-year ASBO to prevent her entering the cattle market area of Pill and adjoining streets Ruperra Street, John Street, Albert Street, East Market Street and parts of Commercial Street and Lower Dock Street where she has been soliciting of sexual activity is rife for the last two years.

The post-conviction ASBO was sought by the Crown Prosecution Service after Payne was convicted on December 14 of soliciting sexual activity and fined.

She has been convicted of similar offences on June 22, 2007 and October 8, 2007 and is awaiting sentencing after appearing in court on February 18 for the same reason. She has also been given street cautions in November 2005, January 2007 and February 2007.

Rhian Jones prosecuting said: "Miss Payne has a sufficient number of convictions to be deemed a common prostitute. "She has acted in a manner that has caused or is likely to cause harassment or distress to others and an ASBO is necessary to protect people from further acts."

Miss Davies said that Payne told police she has worked as a prostitute in the area for five years to fund a nine-year heroin addiction that costs her up to £150 a day.

She read a statement from PC Sarah Davies of Gwent Police saying that long distance lorry drivers sleeping in the area are constantly harassed, businesses complain of wading through used condoms each morning and parents of children attending the nearby Dance World studio are constantly propositioned.

Sergeant Richard Blakemore of Gwent Police's neighbourhood policing team told the court that prostitution is rife in the cattle market area near Lower Dock Street with around 13 women soliciting each night. Payne is seen regularly.

It was also made a condition of her ASBO not approach any vehicle or person in England and Wales for two years with a view to soliciting sexual contact.

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persistant prostitute sentenced

Postby triple h » 23 Apr 2013, 00:24

Persistent Newport prostitute sentenced

A PROSTITUTE who persistently sold her body for sex "to make ends meet" has been sentenced.

Ludmila Horvathova, 34, of Commercial Street, Newport, pleaded guilty to one count of persistently soliciting for the purposes of prostitution, at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court on April 18.

Prosecuting, Ruth Hale told the court during the evening of March 30, Horvathova approached a lorry on Frederick Street in Newport and asked the driver if he was "interested in any business."

She then got into the van and was arrested by police.
She told police she had negotiated a price with the lorry driver of £20 for full sex.

The court heard in 2007 Horvathova had received a conditional discharge of 12 months for soliciting and in 2008 committed the same offence.

Representing, Michael Sage said, "life has not been particularly fair to her."

She told police she had negotiated a price with the lorry driver of £20 for full sex.

The court heard in 2007 Horvathova had received a conditional discharge of 12 months for soliciting and in 2008 committed the same offence.

Representing, Michael Sage said, "life has not been particularly fair to her."

He said Horvathova, originally from the Czech Republic, was not initially able to obtain a passport when she came here seven years ago and still has not been allocated a national insurance number, both of which prevent her from working.

He said: "She is a bit between the devil and the deep blue sea. She does not enjoy this life. There comes a time where she has to eat and indulge in the basic necessities of life. This is not something she wants to do but is something she has to do to make ends meet.

"She does not have a penny to her name. She has been forced into prostitution for her most basic needs in life."

Magistrate Ann Gray told Horvathova she hoped when she got a passport and a national insurance number, "it will help you lead a more acceptable way of life."

She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victim surcharge.

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Re: persistant prostitute sentenced

Postby admin » 23 Apr 2013, 08:22

Thanks for finding that H
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Prostitute fined for solicitation in Newport

Postby admin » 21 Aug 2013, 21:09

A PROSTITUTE was fined £50 by magistrates yesterday for solicitation in Newport.

Suzanne Westlake, 26, of Oliphant Circle, Newport, pleaded guilty to soliciting on Albert Street on August 13 when she appeared at Caerphilly Magistrates Court yesterday.

Robert Simkins, prosecuting, told the court that 10.40pm on August 13, uniformed police officers were on patrol on Commercial Road when they turned onto Albert Street and saw a man kneeling down in an alleyway.

When the officers started to walk down the street he stood up, and the defendant was also there, said Mr Simkins.

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'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby triple h » 26 Jul 2015, 01:14

Police proposal for 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport - but will it turn it into 'Little Amsterdam'?

The scheme is thought to be the first of its kind in Wales on streets where, say residents, girls as young as 14 are already selling sex

Police are behind a plan to introduce “managed” prostitution in a Welsh city amidst claims girls of 14 are selling sex on the streets for £2.

The scheme, expected to be tested in Newport, is believed to be the first of its kind on this side of the border.

Gwent Police said it has looked at pilots run in the north of England and are looking to see if it can be applied to the Pill area of Newport.

A spokeswoman for the force said: “Officers have looked at pilot initiatives implemented by police forces in the north of England and are in the very early stages of looking to see what, if any, solutions can be applied to the issues in Pill.

'Designated area that prostitutes can use'

“One of these solutions includes a designated place away from residential areas that prostitutes can use.

“It has been shown that this initiative has enabled police and local agencies to provide prostitutes with opportunities to access support services including health, welfare, addiction and housing.”

Help prostitutes leave sex work

The project came to light after information was distributed at a Labour group meeting in Newport about the “Holbeck street sex working managed area” in the north of England.

The Newport scheme would aim to help prostitutes leave sex work, improve street sex workers’ safety and boost reporting of offences against prostitutes.

“While officers and local councillors have met, this idea is still in the very early stages,” the Gwent Police spokeswoman said.

“Before anything is decided officers are keen to look at evidence-based results from the pilot initiatives. Only then will there be extensive consultation with residents, businesses and the council before anything is decided.”

Girls are 'impacting lives' in Pill area

The force insisted the “number of prostitutes in Gwent is small.”

But it said: “The small number that operate do so mostly in the Pill area of Newport which is impacting the lives of local residents.”

The spokeswoman said: “We have a fundamental responsibility to protect communities from the nuisance caused by prostitution, but also to protect individuals involved in prostitution from harm themselves.

“This may mean disrupting activity through investigation and enforcement or through support by creating effective partnerships with other statutory and voluntary agencies to minimise or eliminate that harm or nuisance.”

Prostitution will 'always exist'

Police and politicians were “realistic about the fact that prostitution will always exist.”

“It has been shown that enforcement alone is not an effective solution,” the spokeswoman said.

“While we closely monitor and work with individuals involved in off-street prostitution, on-street prostitution has proven more difficult.”


'Issue' with Commercial Road


Pill councillor Omar Ali had been party to “various police discussions.”

“The police have always had an issue with prostitution on the main drag in Commercial Road,” he said.

That is the high street in Newport’s Pill area.

“It’s early days in terms of how best to support the community with these problems.”

He was concerned residential areas were being used to sell sex and that “vulnerable” women were not safe.

“They are looking to see how prostitution in Pill can be dealt with,” Coun Ali said.

We don't want 'Amsterdam'

Monmouth MP David Davies once lived near a Newport brothel and dealt with prostitutes while working as a special constable in London.

“I don’t think anyone wants a situation where parts of Pill are being turned into something like you see in Amsterdam, where people are touting their wares from shop windows,” he said.

He said he was worried that would not “be very nice for law abiding people.”

'Vulnerable' women

“Current thinking is that women working on the street are most vulnerable to attack and it is better for them to work in a well managed premises where there is supervision.”

Mr Davies said: “I’m not aware of any managed prostitution areas in Wales but it’s obvious a blind eye has been turned to prostitution.

“I lived close to a brothel in Newport for quite a long time. I didn’t make use of it and it did not cause any problems, and that was that.”

Pushes it underground

Mr Davies is on a committee that conducted an inquiry into prostitution.

“The thinking in Europe is to prosecute users, the men who use prostitutes,” he said.

“I don’t think that works because it pushes it underground.

“People can take a moral view, but if they are consenting adults and want to come to an arrangement, I don’t know that the government has any role in doing anything about that.

“We have a role to make sure women are safe.”

'Riots' if this goes ahead

Newport resident Sarah Allen was at the June 11 Labour group meeting where the idea was mooted.

“Obviously it was opposed because Pill has enough issues as it is,” the mum-of-one said.

“It’s all hush-hush, it’s not been mentioned to the wider public at all.

“If they try and go ahead with it there will be riots.”

'Girls as young as 14 charging £2 for sex'

She was given the Holbeck handout which asked: “How are we going to deal with the situation?”

“Holbeck is in Yorkshire where they’re already running the scheme that they want to implement in Newport,” Sarah said.

“When I looked into it the local residents who live in the area can’t even leave their houses without being propositioned.

“In theory, I’m not against making it safe for the women who do this.

“There are girls who walk the streets of Pill already who are as young as 14 and are charging £2 for sex.

“Why can’t they do this in an industrial area where there won’t be families?”

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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 26 Jul 2015, 22:07

We've heard of similar schemes in other UK cities but so far none have come to fruition (as far as I'm aware)
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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 27 Jul 2015, 12:47

A part of Newport which is being earmarked as a designated area for prostitutes should not become like Amsterdam, an MP has warned.

Gwent Police is considering plans to have a non-residential area of Pill for prostitutes.

A police spokeswoman said enforcement alone was "not an effective solution".

But Monmouth MP David Davies, who has debated prostitution on the Council of Europe, is cautious about the proposed move.

"I have some concerns about it. I wouldn't want parts of Newport being turned into the centre of Amsterdam," he told BBC Radio Wales.

"If it is about women who work as sex workers having availability to talk to health professionals or finding ways of getting them out of that lifestyle then I can see the arguments for it.

"If it's a case of 'let's just shove everybody out of the way and keep it out of sight' then obviously that's not a good thing.

"Those women who work on the streets are the most vulnerable to attack and women who work as sex workers are attacked a lot."

'Good idea'

Alex Feis-Bryce, chief executive of National Ugly Mugs, a support service for sex workers when they are victims of crime, welcomed any move that does not involve enforcement.

"It's a good thing," he said.

"I think any approach by police that is a move away from enforcement is a good idea.

"One effect of having less criminalisation and less enforcement is sex workers are able to report to police when they're targeted, and they are frequently targeted in many areas by rapists, the most dangerous criminals."

He added: "Many sex workers want to move away from police. There's a certain lack of trust between sex workers and police.

"If this policy is being perused it will have to be part of a bigger conversation with local support agencies, with sex workers themselves, with police, in order to ensure sex workers do want to work in the area that's been designated and they're willing to do so or the policy won't work."

The plans follow a similar pilot scheme in the north of England.

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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 27 Jul 2015, 12:50

Designating an area of Newport for prostitutes would be a "good thing", the head of a sex worker support service has said.

Gwent Police is considering plans to have a non-residential area of Pill for prostitutes.

The plans follow a similar pilot scheme in the north of England.

Alex Feis-Bryce, chief executive of National Ugly Mugs, said any approach that moves away from enforcement is a good idea.

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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby Preacher » 27 Jul 2015, 13:37

I think I'm missing something here.

Apart from instances where the Police turn their famous "blind eye" to prostitution, apart from Aberdeen I can't think of anywhere in UK where there has been a formally-designated zone of toleration. That experiment - which by all accounts was very successful - had to be abandoned because it was trumped by the criminal provisions of SOA 2003.

Perhaps there's something in the devolution of powers to Wales (of which I know nothing!) that would make this scheme possible? :dontknow:

PS. The figure of sex being sold for £2 in the area is inaccurate. It's £5, according to social media comments.

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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 27 Jul 2015, 17:43

Creating a designated area for prostitutes in Newport would prevent other women being approached by kerb crawlers, an MP has said.

Gwent Police is considering plans to have a non-residential area of Pill for prostitutes.

A police spokeswoman said enforcement alone was "not an effective solution".

Monmouth MP David Davies, who has debated prostitution on the Council of Europe, said sex workers have an impact on residents.

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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 28 Jul 2015, 13:58

A ‘SAFEZONE’ for prostitution in Pill could make the already deprived neighbourhood a “no-go area” or "ghetto", according to residents angry at the proposals.

Gwent Police are considering allowing people to work as prostitutes in a specific area of Pillgwenlly in Newport, away from houses, saying women already sell sex there.

But the suggestion has met an angry reception.

Ann Barton, a florist on Commercial Road, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. What happened to the law?”

She acknowledged there was a problem with prostitution but said the focus should be on prevention.

“Pill has always had prostitutes but they used to be more discreet”, she said.

“Now you can walk down the street and they will approach your husband while he is with you – they have no shame at all. You can see them standing on the corners in the dark. If you happen to stop the car they run over and think it’s a punter – even if you’re just going to the chip shop. The police and the council do nothing about it.”

Paul Murphy, 42, from residents’ group Pride in Pill, said: “I think it’s stupid. Pill has a bad name as it is and it’s going to get worse. Why can’t they have it somewhere else?”
Newport West MP Paul Flynn, whose constituency takes in Pill, added: “All the discussion has done is create anger, stigmatising one particular area. The police seem to have effectively killed the idea - I think it’s got no chance of being implemented.”

Newport council leader Bob Bright said there had been no consultation with the local authority.

“We are angry and disappointed that we have not received any official communication from senior officers at Gwent. It is a major issue that has upset residents and businesses of Newport.

“As leader of the council I have not been consulted in any way about this nor has any other senior officer at the council.

“If the police had consulted with us, we would have expressed concern as the proposals go against the council’s plans for the regeneration of the Pill area.

“We understand that the proposals are at a very early stage and the council must be consulted. We will be pressing Gwent Police for details, an explanation and information.”

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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby triple h » 28 Jul 2015, 23:01

Police and Crime Commissioner dismisses his force's own proposal for a designated prostitution zone in Newport

Ian Johnston has said the idea for a designated prostitution zone in Pill, which police said was in the 'very early stages', was 'all talk'

Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner has dismissed proposals by police for a designated prostitution zone to be created in Newport saying they are “all talk”.

Gwent Police had confirmed it was in the “very early stages” of looking at whether a designated place away from residential areas could be created in Pill for prostitutes to use.

The force said it had looked at pilots run in the north of England.

Proposals 'unlikely to go ahead'

But Mr Johnston said discussions for Pill were unlikely to go ahead.

“It’s been talked about at a level with local councillors but at no point has any proposal been made. It’s all talk,” he said.

Newport City Council’s leader Bob Bright said the authority was “angry and disappointed” it had not been told about the proposal and that it has upset residents and businesses in Newport.

The Labour councillor said: “We are angry and disappointed that we have not received any official communication from senior officers at Gwent Police about proposals for a designated prostitution zone. It is a major issue that has upset residents and businesses of Newport.

“I have not been consulted in any way about this nor has any other senior officer at the council.”

But Mr Johnston said the council had been aware of the proposal.

After addressing councillors in Newport on Tuesday night, Mr Johnston said: “On July 17, a press statement was prepared by Gwent Police and agreed with West Yorkshire Police and Newport City Council. I was really completely bemused when the council denied any knowledge of it.”

'Not the way forward'

He also revealed Gwent Police’s statement confirming it was looking at the proposal had been prepared on an “if asked basis” meaning the information would not be released unless specially requested.

Mr Johnston said statements put forward by councillors on Tuesday night on why the proposed zone was unviable had been “sensible” and that a designated area for prostitution was not the way forward.

He said: “These women have got addictions. They are not on the street because they want to be on the street.

“We need to provide them with help and assistance but moving them to a designated area in an industrial part of the city solves one problem but creates many others.

“My personal view is that an industrial area designated for prostitutes will never work.”

Work ongoing to address problem

He had also told councillors: “If children as young as 12 are providing services in Pill, we need to address it.

“Work is ongoing every day of the week with local authorities and with the police to address the problem.”

Newport West MP Paul Flynn said: “The proposals for a designated zone have only come to light because of hysterical publicity.

“It will never happen and the idea is never to be resurrected again.”

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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby Preacher » 28 Jul 2015, 23:31

I've seen nothing to convince me that the girls want this "help". I reckons they simply want to be left alone to do what they do. They won't want to be shunted into some industrial estate off the beaten track, they want to be where the traffic is - on the main road, which is where they are now.

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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 30 Jul 2015, 12:34

A ROW has broken out between Newport City Council and Gwent Police over who knew what about a possible zone in Pill where prostitution would be tolerated.

At a full council meeting on Tuesday it emerged ward councillors Omar Ali and Ibrahim Hayat had discussed the idea with police – but had not told the leader of the council about the controversial scheme.

Council leader Bob Bright said yesterday: “I have made no secret of my frustration at the manner in which such an important issue – to consider designating Pill as an area for prostitution – was handled by Gwent Police. Neither I nor any officers at Newport City Council were consulted on this proposal to which I am strongly opposed – echoing the sentiments of residents across Newport over the past few days. There has also been speculation in this newspaper that the council was asked to approve a press release by Gwent Police. This was certainly not the case.”

He added: “I will be requesting a meeting with Ian Johnston, the independent police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Gwent, to reiterate my concerns over this matter.”

But at Tuesday’s meeting, PCC Ian Johnston claimed officers had kept ward councillors in the loop since April and that police press officers had “developed and agreed” a press release with the council before they sent it out to journalists on an ‘on ask’ basis.

He told Councillor Bright in the meeting: “Look, I’m not here to take part in your political infighting. All I’m telling you is the fact that on July 17 there was a press statement agreed by Gwent Police, West Yorkshire Police and Newport City Council.”

The council denied signing off the statement, saying they only received it for reference.

But a spokesman for the PCC said: “No objections or feedback were received from Newport City Council and a week later, on July 24, the police again contacted the council’s press office to advise that an enquiry had been received and that they were now intending to issue the statement. Again, no adverse comment were received and the statement was released in the belief that relevant partners were aware.”

Pill councillor Omar Ali told the Argus: “There was no need to speak to Bob Bright about it because it was a non-starter. It was just way off the radar. I struggle to think of a non-residential area of Pill. Cllr Hayat and I obviously rejected the idea completely out of hand – there are more children in Pill than any other ward in the city. All this has done is further stigmatise Pill – it’s never-ending. We are trying to sell the positives about Pill and its diverse community.”

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