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Twenty-seven men sentenced for kerb crawling in Slough

Twenty-seven men have been sentenced following a police crackdown on street prostitution in a Berkshire town.

The men, aged between 22 and 49, appeared before Maidenhead magistrates after being arrested in February in the Chalvey area of Slough.

They were fined between £300 and £700 after admitting soliciting a person for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from them as a prostitute.

The men are from Berkshire, London, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire.

Following the sentencing, Det Sgt Will Halliday, of Thames Valley Police, who led the investigation, said: "It shows that police in Slough are listening to community concerns and will take positive action to reduce crime and disorder, in this case soliciting.

"We will continue to carry out both visible and undercover operations to tackle the issue of kerb-crawling and prostitution, whilst working with the community and partner agencies."

A 24-year-old and 30-year-old man, both from Slough, Berkshire, pleaded not guilty to the same charge, along with a 40-year-old man from East London.

Their cases have been adjourned until a later date.

Two further men, a 27-year-old man from Reading and a 42-year-old from Maidenhead, failed to attend court so a warrant has been issued for their arrests, Thames Valley Police said.

Another two men, who were arrested as part of the operation, were deported for immigration reasons, police said.

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