Lea Bridge Road area of Leyton targeted

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Dozens of people were arrested in a clampdown on kerb crawlers.

Operation Dash, targeted Lea Bridge Road between Vicarage Road and Bromley Road, near Bakers Arms.

The area has been long known as a hot-spot for prostitution and police planned the operation after residents raised further concerns.

“Prostitution has come back to the area in the last six months or so,” Inspector Tor Garnett said.

“We are getting lots of calls from residents who are reporting more sex workers in the area and anti-social behaviour, such as used condoms being left in garage areas.”

The operation on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the last two weeks resulted in 74 arrests of those suspected of offences including kerb crawling, soliciting and drink driving.

Of the arrests, 71 people were charged, cautioned or conditionally cautioned.

Police refused to disclose methods used and and how information leading to the arrests was gathered.

Ward officer John Thornton said: “It is an unfortunate fact that Lea Bridge Road has become known as an area to use prostitutes. For the most part both the prostitutes and kerb crawlers do not live in the area.

“I hope this operation convinces local people that we are serious about combating this issue and improving the quality of life and confidence of residents.”

Police say kerb crawlers, rather than prostitues, were targeted because arresting sex workers has limited long term success and outreach work is seen as a more viable approach.

A public meeting is being held to discuss the issue at the Waltham Forest Resource Hub in Russell Road, Leyton, at 7pm on December 18.

Residents can also fill out a survey, found by clicking here and emailing it to Leabridge.NPT@met.police.uk

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1:22pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

Funny how in that precise location a building stands that once housed hundreds of Police Officers who had subsidised key worker accommodation.

This has been closed down for years and I have no Idea who resides there now but there was never such trouble in the good old days.

As for the kerb crawling crooks, take their cars away and crush them, that would be a deterrent.
Funny how in that precise location a building stands that once housed hundreds of Police Officers who had subsidised key worker accommodation. This has been closed down for years and I have no Idea who resides there now but there was never such trouble in the good old days. As for the kerb crawling crooks, take their cars away and crush them, that would be a deterrent. Billy Yerache

10:56pm Mon 9 Dec 13

HottRedMan says...

Billy Yerache wrote:
Funny how in that precise location a building stands that once housed hundreds of Police Officers who had subsidised key worker accommodation.

This has been closed down for years and I have no Idea who resides there now but there was never such trouble in the good old days.

As for the kerb crawling crooks, take their cars away and crush them, that would be a deterrent.
Crush their cars, they would come back on foot or on bicycle, then use the nearby hotels or the streets to do their nasty work with the prostitutes.
[quote][p][bold]Billy Yerache[/bold] wrote: Funny how in that precise location a building stands that once housed hundreds of Police Officers who had subsidised key worker accommodation. This has been closed down for years and I have no Idea who resides there now but there was never such trouble in the good old days. As for the kerb crawling crooks, take their cars away and crush them, that would be a deterrent.[/p][/quote]Crush their cars, they would come back on foot or on bicycle, then use the nearby hotels or the streets to do their nasty work with the prostitutes. HottRedMan

11:10pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

HottRedMan wrote:
Billy Yerache wrote:
Funny how in that precise location a building stands that once housed hundreds of Police Officers who had subsidised key worker accommodation.

This has been closed down for years and I have no Idea who resides there now but there was never such trouble in the good old days.

As for the kerb crawling crooks, take their cars away and crush them, that would be a deterrent.
Crush their cars, they would come back on foot or on bicycle, then use the nearby hotels or the streets to do their nasty work with the prostitutes.
Anyone who resorted to picking up a woman in such a fashion for Ladies and Gentleman's would hardly want to pay for a hotel which is why the used precautionary devices have been found discarded or maybe thrown out of their car.

Take away the cars and let them walk along that dark stretch like Lowry figures.
[quote][p][bold]HottRedMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Billy Yerache[/bold] wrote: Funny how in that precise location a building stands that once housed hundreds of Police Officers who had subsidised key worker accommodation. This has been closed down for years and I have no Idea who resides there now but there was never such trouble in the good old days. As for the kerb crawling crooks, take their cars away and crush them, that would be a deterrent.[/p][/quote]Crush their cars, they would come back on foot or on bicycle, then use the nearby hotels or the streets to do their nasty work with the prostitutes.[/p][/quote]Anyone who resorted to picking up a woman in such a fashion for Ladies and Gentleman's would hardly want to pay for a hotel which is why the used precautionary devices have been found discarded or maybe thrown out of their car. Take away the cars and let them walk along that dark stretch like Lowry figures. Billy Yerache

5:30pm Wed 11 Dec 13

myopinioncounts says...

If prostitution is a crime why not remove them and then the kerb crawlers would have no incentive to be there. Why are only the kerb crawlers being targeted and not the 'hookers'?
If prostitution is a crime why not remove them and then the kerb crawlers would have no incentive to be there. Why are only the kerb crawlers being targeted and not the 'hookers'? myopinioncounts

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