Gwent Police tackle kerb crawlers in the Pill area of Newport...

Last night, Wednesday 14th December 2016, an operation was conducted in Pill focused on the offence of kerb crawling. These operations will take place regularly in order to safeguard vulnerable women.

During the operation officers gave prevention advice and warnings to kerb crawlers and those soliciting on-street sex work, which included Anti-Social Behaviour Contracts issued in respect of their actions.

Assistant Chief Constable Julian Williams said: ‘Ourselves, the local authority and our partner agencies are continuing to work together to tackle the problem of prostitution in the Pill area of Newport.

Whilst we ensure these vulnerable women receive the right help and support, we also understand how dangerous street prostitution can be.

Kerb crawlers are creating the demand for on street prostitution. Kerb crawling is a criminal offence and our tactic is to stop this activity. Our message is simple – kerb crawling will not be tolerated in Gwent and anyone involved in this behaviour will be dealt with robustly.

We want to make Pill safer. Working with partners and members of the community is vital and we are already seeing good results.’

During recent operations kerb-crawlers have been targeted with officers visiting areas of Pill in a bid to deter and prevent on street sex work.

Police and agencies have been speaking to sex workers to offer specialist support alongside our partners to address the underlying causes of their behaviour and life choices.

These diversionary tactics are paramount to help divert women away from this lifestyle and guide them into a safer future.

One key part of the operation was focusing on intervention, in conjunction with the Women’s Pathfinder Scheme and South East Wales Regional Equality Council (SEWREC) with the intention of diverting women who engage in on-street sex work away from the criminal justice system by providing multi agency support.

Six women in total were taken to SEWREC for health advice and safeguarding alongside aid workers, with two women also given their first caution.

If anyone has any information regarding crime or anti-social behaviour in their area please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Source:: Gwent Police News

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