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Sex workers return to the streets of Ipswich while off-street prostitution is also ‘thriving’

Published in The East Anglia Daily Times
16th March 2017


Suffolk
A decade after leaders vowed to eradicate street prostitution in Ipswich, new figures have revealed sex working in the town is on the rise. Today, professionals have made a fresh pledge to ensure the problem does not return to the scale it was at in 2006 when Steve Wright murdered five women from the so-called red light district.

The number of calls Suffolk Constabulary has received reporting suspected street prostitution in Ipswich has more than tripled over a year, jumping from three in 2015 to 10 last year, according to data provided following a Freedom of Information request from this title. Up until February 7 this year there had been two recorded sightings.

David Ellesmere, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said plans for a new and independent system to make it easier for people to call in any concerns were being put in place. He added: “I would imagine that those reports to the police are a small proportion of what’s actually being seen because not everyone will report it.

“At the moment police believe that there are a very small number of women involved in street prostitution, but clearly they are not there all the time to be able to witness it. It’s members of the public who are going to be seeing this the most.“

Brian Tobin, chief executive of Iceni Ipswich, a charity which was on the frontline when the killings happened to help women overcome addictions, said back then there were around 37 sightings a night. He added: “When I look at where it used to be and I look at other towns and cities and see what problems they have got, it’s huge compared to Ipswich, but we can’t rest on our laurels.

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Open meeting held to discuss drug dealing and prostitution in Gloucester

Published in The Gloucester Citizen
16th March 2017


Gloucestershire
A public meeting is being held tonight to discuss drug dealing, prostitution and antisocial behaviour in Barton and Tredworth. Residents have had letters through their doors from Gloucester City councillor Saj Patel (C) who respresents the area.

In it, he says concerns about drugs, the sex trade and wider behaviour blighting that part of the city have been raised "for some time".

He adds: "I have organised an open meeting with the police to give the residents the opportunity to come along and let the police and I hear your concerns. The police will also be able to update everyone on the work they have been doing regarding the above mentioned issues."

In January last year it was claimed prostitutes loitering around streets in Barton were causing residents to fear leaving their own homes.

Sex workers were spotted in side roads off Barton Street and were then said to be lingering near Widden Primary School and Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls.

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Jury go out in Sheffield child prostitution and abuse trial

Published in The Star
15th March 2017

Yorkshire
The jury has gone out in a Sheffield child prostitution and abuse trial, through which six defendants face 42 offences alleged to have been carried out against nine young victims between 2005 and 2012.

Following a six week trial, jurors went out to try and reach a verdict yesterday afternoon.
  • Christopher Whiteley, 23, of Weakland Crescent in Hackenthorpe is charged with 13 counts of rape, two counts of conspiracy to rape, two child prostitution offences, two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, one count of theft and one count of sexual assault;
  • Shane Whiteley, 30, also of Weakland Crescent, is charged with three child prostitution offences and two counts of conspiracy to rape;
  • Matthew Whiteley, 24, also of Weakland Crescent, is charged with two child prostitution offences, two counts of conspiracy to rape and two counts of sexual activity with a child;
  • Amanda Spencer, 26, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, is charged with eight counts of aiding and abetting rape and 12 child prostitution offences;
  • Andre Francis-Edge, of Wheatley Road in Parson Cross, Sheffield is charged with one count of rape, one count of conspiracy to rape and one child prostitution offence;
  • Taleb Bapir, 39, of Verdon Street, Sheffield, is charged with one count of rape. The defendants deny all charges.
During the opening of the trial last month,prosecutor Peter Hampton identified Amanda Spencer and Christopher Whiteley as the two 'key' figures to have played a role in the prostitution and abuse of the nine alleged victims.

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