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Man admits inciting a woman into prostitution in Teesside

Published in The Gazette Live
24th May 2017

A man has admitted inciting a woman to become a prostitute.

Garry Coatsworth, 48, appeared at Teesside Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the charge which took place in Teesside.

He also admitted being in possession of over 900 indecent images of children.

The court heard that the offences spanned a seven-year period between September 2008, up until August 2015, with Coatsworth being found in possession of 923 images.

The defendant, of Bakewell Place, Newton Aycliffe, spoke only to confirm his name and address at the short hearing today.

Judge Peter Armstrong adjourned sentencing until Monday, June 19.


Hessle Road prostitutes given 18 banning orders in nine weeks in Hull police clampdown

Published in The Hull Daily Mail
24th May 2017

A total of 18 orders against prostitutes in the Hessle Road area have been issued in just nine weeks as part of a police clampdown. A further three orders have been issued against kerb crawlers seeking to use the street workers.

The injunction orders under Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972, ban prostitution in the area surrounding Hessle Road and were renewed in December after proving successful when introduced in 2014.

In a landmark ruling in 2014, prostitutes and kerb crawlers found breaching the order by loitering, soliciting or having sex, face arrest and a court appearance. The exclusion zone covers Hessle Road from Coltman Street to Hawthorne Avenue, along Woodcock Street, Gordon Street and Cholmley Street.

But Inspector Inspector Kirsty Tock, of the Hull central community policing team, insists punitive measures only work in tandem with support for the vulnerable women. She said: "The police and other agencies including the council, support agencies and local charities are focused on reducing the impact on the local community of prostitution in the Hessle Road area.

"Tasking groups have been set up which look at all aspects from the street workers welfare and safety to the people seeking out sex and addressing the causes. Police have patrolled the area over the last nine weeks, using section 222 injunction powers to target those involved while also making referral to give support where appropriate. I ask that business and members of public ring the police on 101 if they witness prostitution so we can target our patrols and deal with the offenders."


Prostitution in Dundee ‘drops’

Published in The Evening Telegraph
23rd May 2017

Police claim they are “on the right track” in their efforts to tackle prostitution on Dundee’s streets — after seeing a “drop in activity”. A community meeting was told by two senior officers that proactive operations were having “an impact” in the Maryfield area.

The Tele previously uncovered significant problems with prostitution in Arbroath Road, where residents said the area around their homes had become a “red light zone”.

During an investigation a young woman offered to have sex with one of our reporters in exchange for £40 to fund her drug habit. The reporter was posing as a member of the public at the time.

But Inspector Kerry Lynch and Sergeant Jamie Allen told a Maryfield Locality Planning Partnership meeting that police were having success in controlling the issue.

Insp Lynch said a new strategy aimed at tackling the problem would also be introduced. She said: “The poster campaign will say that Police Scotland will not tolerate people looking for the services of prostitutes — it’s as simple as that. I met Detective Chief Inspector John Wylie recently and we agreed a new policing strategy and how we’re going to deliver it.

“There has been a drop in the activity within the community, as well as the visibility. There’s definitely been an impact. We’re working with other groups to try to improve things, so we’re definitely on the right track.”