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Senior councillor urges authorities to examine new ways of tackling city's prostitution problem

Published in The Telegraph & Argus
4th August 2015

BRADFORD needs to look at other ways to reduce complaints from residents and businesses in areas where prostitutes are plying their trade in the city, a senior councillor has warned.

Councillor Andrew Mallinson, the Conservative's spokesman for neighbourhoods and community safety, spoke out after Leeds revealed a groundbreaking pilot project to allow prostitutes to operate in parts of their city was likely to be extended after it was hailed a success.

The managed area in Holbeck, which was quietly introduced in October last year, allows women to work on certain streets between 7pm and 7am as long as they adhere to set rules. According to those behind the scheme, the project has seen complaints from residents fall by one third and crimes against prostitutes are now ten times more likely to be reported.

But a Bradford Council spokesman said on behalf of the city's Prostitution Strategic Partnership, which involves the Council, police and women support groups: "This is not something we are considering in Bradford."

Cllr Mallinson (Craven) said: "There's a whole raft of issues behind this - drugs, alcohol abuse, homelessness. All local authorities need to look at how they can tackle this problem. It would be interesting to see the full facts and figures from the Leeds project. If it's something that Bradford Council could engage with I think it should. It's clear that other measures have not worked. We have to start exploring any avenues."


Prosecutors shelve prostitution charge against Plymouth woman

Published in The Herald
3rd August 2015

A WOMAN who denies exploiting a prostitute in Plymouth is unlikely to face prosecution. Sunata Swrichai, aged 36, appeared before a judge charged with controlling a woman to act as a prostitute in expectation of gain between June 1 and June 3.

Swrichai, of Durnford Street, Stonehouse, pleaded not guilty to the allegation. Deni Mathews, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the case would not go to trial through lack of evidence. He asked for the matter to be ordered to lie on file at the point of sentence. It means the charge is shelved and cannot be revived without leave of the court.

Swrichai did plead guilty to the theft of a man’s credit card between February and April this year. She also admitted fraud by false representation by passing off the card as her own to make purchases in April.

Judge Paul Darlow adjourned sentence until September 11.


Sir Edward Heath child abuse claims: The brothel, the former PM and police cover-up at centre of probe

Published in The Daily Mirror
3rd August 2015

A brothel keeper is at the centre of a police probe into claims former Prime Minister Ted Heath was a paedophile. The madam, believed to have been arrested in the 1990s for running a secret sex den, told detectives she would stand up in court and reveal lurid details of the Tory politician’s perverted sex life if she was ever charged with any offence. The woman was due to stand trial but senior officers at Wiltshire Police are believed to have intervened and immediately dropped the case against her.

The astonishing revelations emerged after a retired senior detective came forward in June 2014 to claim the allegations against Heath were never investigated to protect the ex-PM. Heath is the most high profile political figure to be linked to child sex abuse allegations that have swept across Westminster.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced a probe into suspicions of a wide ranging cover up. Police have also appealed for victims, retired officers and even child abusers who may have any new information to come forward.

Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who helped unearth the abuse scandal involving former Liberal MP Cyril Smith, said: “I am not surprised that this investigation is taking place. There have been rumours and allegations out there for some time, and I don’t say that lightly. It’s now important we establish if there’s any substance to these allegations. There can be no cover up just because someone held high office.”

The Mirror can also reveal a second police investigation into a child sex ring linked to Heath was allegedly shut down in the 1970s.

It has been claimed that the Tory ex-leader was spotted at a house in north London where paedophiles were allegedly abusing children.