Leicester police in kerb crawling crackdown

The owners of cars spotted in a part of Leicester well known for prostitution have been sent letters by police.

Thirty-two vehicles were recorded on CCTV near De Montfort Street as part of an anti kerb crawling initiative.

The letter informs owners about the operation and asks them if they have any information which could help reduce prostitution in the area.

Officers said the crackdown had already seen 17 kerb crawlers cautioned and three prosecuted.

'Not victimless crime'

Tackling street prostitution was designated a local policing priority for the city centre team late last year, following consultation with residents.

One vehicle, seen in the area again after a letter was sent to its owner, was sent a second letter inviting him to meet Sgt Nicola Woods, who is heading the operation.

Sgt Woods said: "We are very pleased with the way the operation is going. Residents are reporting a decrease in the amount of kerb crawling they witness.

"We are planning to continue the operation over the next few weeks.

"Kerb crawling and prostitution is not a victimless crime. It causes considerable distress and annoyance to those who live in the affected areas, and we consider it a significant type of anti-social behaviour."

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