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Have your say on how to clampdown on kerb crawlers who exploit vulnerable women 

Newham Council is consulting on proposals to clampdown on kerb crawlers who exploit and purchase sex from vulnerable women on Newham’s streets.

Areas affected under proposals to implement a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) include the six wards of Stratford, Forest Gate South, Green Street East, Green Street West, Little Ilford, and Manor Park.

Romford Road, which cuts through these six wards, has long been associated with the problem of sex work and related anti-social behaviour which is affecting local residents.

Councillor Carleene Lee-Phakoe, Cabinet Member for Crime and Community Safety said:

“It is proposed to designate these areas with controls under a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to prevent harassment and the purchase of sex by individuals, kerb crawling and approaching women on the street.

“We know this kind of activity can cause alarm and distress – especially when women are harassed on the street – and residents experience the unpleasant impacts of this behaviour.

“We want to get the views of residents to let us know what they think of the plan to introduce PSPOs in these area. The orders would give police and enforcement officers the power to issue £100 fines to those engaging in kerb-crawling or attempting to purchase sex within the area. There is also the possibility of a prosecution with the maximum penalty £1000.’’

The consultation closes on Sunday 23 October. Have your say here.