Derby

Derby kerb crawling arrests

About 70 people have been arrested in connection with kerb crawling in parts of Derby since a major crackdown began in January.

Derbyshire Police set up Operation Scarlet to reduce prostitution and associated crime.

It said there has also been an increase in the number of prostitutes, particularly eastern European women, in the Normanton and Pear Tree areas.

Inspector Richard Keene said those that use prostitutes will be prosecuted.

He said: "We want to look to divert prostitutes who are working the streets into more suitable activities."

An anti-vice patrol area has been set up in Normanton Road, Derby, with signs warning that CCTV is in operation.

Derby councillor Jangir Khan said: "The campaign is mainly targeted at the kerb crawlers who pick up prostitutes in the area.

"If they do that we will make sure they are named and shamed."