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TV appeal on torso murder

Published by The BBC
5th December 2001

The family of a woman whose severed upper body was found in the Thames are to renew appeals to catch her killer. Zoe Parker disappeared a year ago, but police have not charged anyone with her murder.

Her aunt, Pauline Knott, is due to appear on the BBCs Crimewatch Daily programme on Thursday.

Ms Parker went missing on 17 December, 2000, before her dismembered body was found 11 days later.

Despite four arrests during the year-long investigation, no charges have been brought in the case.

Ms Parker disappeared from the Hounslow area of west London and had learning difficulties. The 24-year-old was also known to have worked as a prostitute and was last seen with two men.

Ms Knott said the family had been devastated by Ms Parker's murder. Earlier this year she said: "I will never be able to get what happened to her out of my head. It's sick, absolutely sick. Please try to remember, someone must have seen her. Anything you remember may help us to understand, to try to resolve this terrible thing that has happened to our sad and lonely Zoe."


Police seek ban on prostitute

Published by The BBC
5th December 2001

Police are trying to ban a prostitute from working in an area in London. The 31-year-old woman, from south Tottenham, has been charged with more than 100 soliciting offences and has collected up to £7,000 in fines over a three years.

Police officers are seeking to impose an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) to prevent the woman from working in the Seven Sisters Road area. They have joined forces with Haringey Council and are hoping Tottenham Magistrates Court will impose the order on Wednesday.

It is the first time an anti-social behaviour order has been sought by the Metropolitan Police to crack down on prostitution in London.

Chief Inspector Adam Barton, based at Tottenham Police Station, said: "We have been seeking this order to deal with long standing community concerns regarding the anti-social behaviour associated with prostitution and crack-cocaine in south Tottenham. "We will use every means at our disposal to improve the quality of life of local residents in this, one of the most deprived areas of London."

If granted, the order will prevent the woman from the area around Seven Sisters Road.


Carly murder: Police under fire from residents

Published in The Bolton News
4th December 2001

RESIDENTS in a crime-plagued area of Bolton where teenage prostitute Carly Bateman was murdered criticised police chiefs last night and demanded to know: "Why did she have to die?" As detectives continued the hunt for the killer of the 17-year-old who was found strangled in an alleyway in The Haulgh, homeowners in the area, which is on the outskirts of the red light area, called for tougher policing on the streets.

Supt Don Brown promised action to cut crime in the area and pledged to clamp down on prostitution as a matter of "high priority". He said extra police resources would be drafted in to improve the residents' confidence.

Supt Brown came under fire at a Public Voice on Policing meeting intended to keep residents informed of Bolton police's key crime-reducing targets for 2002. Ken Holden asked: "Why have the police failed The Haulgh? This meeting is just lip service. Two years ago we were promised more policing, more bobbies. We got one policeman for eight days. Since then, nothing. The residents warned police what would happen and on November 11 it did happen. People in this area are frightened of going to the shops at night."

Supt Brown said a police crackdown on "kerb crawlers" would be carried out, using the greater powers introduced by the government on October 1 where officers were allowed to arrest and question suspected kerb crawlers immediately at a police station, rather than serving them a summons to appear in court at a later date.

He said: "These men will be named in public." He also promised faster response times. But Community Safety Officer for Bolton Council, Mr Andy Dams, told the meeting that prostitution was not a priority for spending on the Bolton police budget for 2002.