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Hillfields pimp trial: Accused says he never forced 17-year-old to work on the streets of Coventry

Published in The Coventry Telegraph
14th February 2017


West Midlands
A man accused of pimping out a teenage girl on the streets of Hillfields says that all the claims against him are “lies”. Thomas Entwistle took to the stand at Warwick Crown Court where he denied forcing the 17-year-old to work as a prostitute because he was “strapped for cash”. The jury also heard that he was accused of lying to police and being a “drug runner” for his co-accused.

Entwistle, 26, formerly of Warwick, but now of Dog Lane, Napton, and Martin Cantle, 24, of Aldbourne Road, Radford, both deny two charges of causing or inciting child prostitution, controlling a child prostitute, arranging or facilitating child prostitution, and supplying the girl with cocaine.

ntwistle gave his side of the story on the last day at evidence and told the court that he met the alleged victim through a mutual friend and believed she was “about 18 or 19”. He told the jury that the teen told him she was “doing escorting” at that time.

The jury heard that Entwistle and the girl slept together “a couple of times” in April 2014.

His barrister, Nick Devine, asked: “When being interviewed by police you told them you didn’t have a relationship with her. What did you mean?”

“We weren’t an item,” Entwistle replied, adding he would never have described them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Entwistle and Cantle got a flat together in Wyken in May 2014 and the teenage girl was introduced to Cantle at around the same time. “Was there any conversation during that first meeting about prostitution?” asked Mr Devine.

“No,” said Entwistle.

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Huddersfield prostitute who took client's car jailed

Published in The Huddersfield Examiner
14th February 2017


Yorkshire
A prostitute who left a lipstick message to tell her client that she had “borrowed” his car has been jailed for four months. And Sharon Wells has been arrested again over the weekend for other offences.

Wells scrawled the note on the bathroom mirror after spending the night with the man at a Travelodge in Huddersfield. The 42-year-old had taken the vehicle to go and collect her next drugs fix, falling back into taking them following the death of her sister before Christmas. She was arrested over the weekend for a new offence and blamed the death of another family member.

On January 10 Wells spent the night with the man at the Leeds Road hotel. He awoke the next morning to see her getting into his Astra and driving off. A message left in lipstick on the bathroom mirror read: “I’ve borrowed your car, won’t be long – about 30 minutes.” The vehicle was later stopped on Hillhouse Lane by an officer who recognised Wells. She was over the limit and confessed that she’d drunk a bottle of wine earlier.

Wells, of Blackhouse Road in Fartown, pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving without a licence or insurance, drink-driving and possession of cannabis. She also admitted to a string of shop thefts and racially- aggravated threatening behaviour after hurling abuse at a newly qualified police officer as she commented on the M62 shooting of Yassar Yaqub.

Her case had been adjourned so that she could be assessed for drug treatment. But before this could take place she was arrested on Saturday (Feb 11) after stealing £119 worth of goods from Home Bargains in Huddersfield. Wells tested positive for the use of cocaine and opiates and was kept in custody for court, Kirklees magistrates heard.

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Teen forced into prostitution hung out of Sheffield brothel by her legs, court told

Published in The South Yorkshire Times
13th February 2016


Yorkshire
A teenage girl forced into prostitution was hung out of the window of a Sheffield flat used as a makeshift brothel for failing to clean, a court heard.  Youth Justice Officer Julie Greenhoff told Sheffield Crown Court that Girl C, who was in her care in 2009, told her Shane Whiteley, of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe, hung her out of his flat in Victoria Court, West Street by her legs.

Ms Greenhoff said Girl C said Whiteley, aged 29, carried out the terrifying act as a punishment for not cleaning the flat and that she had also been ‘beaten up’ by Andres Frances-Edge, 25 of Wheatley Road, Parson Cross, for the same thing.

Girl C, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also alleges Whiteley locked her in a cupboard at the flat when she tried to leave.

The girl, who has learning difficulties and was described as being 'very vulnerable' when the Whiteley brothers and Edge are alleged to have forced her into prostitution in 2009, was being monitored by police and the youth offending service at the time due to concerns she may be the victim of sexual exploitation.

The court heard Girl C had told Ms Greenhoff and fellow youth justice worker Suzanne Sutcliffe she had been made to work as a prostitute at the flat by Whiteley, and his brothers Matthew, 24, and Christopher, 23.

Ms Sutcliffe said Girl C would become distressed at the mere mention of the Whiteley brothers. She said: “She would visibly shake. She would get upset and cry.”

Girl C would regularly visit the Youth Justice Centre in Division Street for appointments with her youth justice workers, as would Christopher Whiteley.  Ms Sutcliffe told the court that on one occasion, Girl C became extremely worried on hearing Christopher Whiteley was in the centre at the same time, and opted to leave through the back entrance.

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