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Reports that prostitutes are 'taking customers into bushes' in Teesside's vice hotpsot

Published in The Gazette
10th January 2016


Yorkshire
Prostitutes have been spotted taking customers “in the bushes” near the suburban street that has become Teesside’s main vice hotspot. Disgusted Yarm Road residents claim used condoms have also been found scattered near the bushes on a popular dog walking field just off Yarm Road.

The Gazette revealed the leafy street has become plagued by prostitutes in recent years , with vice workers approaching customers near a kid’s nursery.

Locals say girls sell sex in the area every almost every night, while there have been more vice arrests there in recent years than any other street on Teesside. However the revelations have seemingly done little to halt trade - with one local claiming they watched a shocking rendezvous unfold.

“It was a youngish girl taking an older man into the bushes to the right of the entrance to Riggy’s field at 2.30pm on New Year’s Day,” said the local, who asked not to be named. “This has been going on for a while, and there are regularly used condoms around the entrance of the field. It made me feel uncomfortable.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen it but my partner has seen the same sort of thing one Sunday afternoon a couple of months ago.” The onlooker said they were too shocked to report the incident to police.

Stockton Council say it hasn’t received any formal complaints relating to Yarm Road sex workers in the last month, although locals previously told the Gazette they had caught prostitutes having sex with customers in sheds and gardens.

“I complained to the police and council about two months ago, but they don’t want to know anything about it,” said one local previously. It’s shocking around here - I’ve even seen the girls go up to kids before.”

It followed a probe which showed Teesside’s vice industry had seemingly migrated over the river in recent years from Middlesbrough to Stockton following complaints from residents.

A Freedom of Information request revealed most arrests occurred on Victoria Street, Lorne Street and Union Street in Middlesbrough town centre in 2012. Fast forward four years, and those streets have not seen a single arrest between them with the main focus now Yarm Road.