Kerb-crawling case dismissed

MAGISTRATES have dismissed the case of a man caught with a prostitute in his car and his flies undone, it emerged today.Nigel Kedar, 42, pleaded not guilty to kerb crawling at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Thursday following an incident on May 29 this year.

MAGISTRATES have dismissed the case of a man caught with a prostitute in his car and his flies undone, it emerged today.

Nigel Kedar, 42, pleaded not guilty to kerb crawling at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Thursday following an incident on May 29 this year.

The court heard how Kedar, from Halstead, Essex, was arrested by officers at about 10.20pm while he was in his van in the car park off Handford Road, Ipswich.

Pc James Carlile and special constable Towns were alerted by CCTV operators that a woman had approached a van in the car park.

Within minutes, they were at the scene where they found Kedar in the van with a prostitute, with his flies undone. He was then arrested.

During an interview with police, which was read out in court, Kedar, who was living in his van at the time, said he had been looking for a quiet place to stop for the night following a day's fishing on the River Gipping.

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He said: “I had been looking for somewhere to sleep. I pulled into the car park. I walked across the car park and there was a girl coming towards me. We started chatting and then I suggested she got into the van for a chat because it was cold.

“She was just a pretty girl walking about and I am a single bloke. The next thing I know this police car arrived.”

He claimed there was no talk of any sexual activity taking place, no money exchanged and no physical contact.

There was no evidence from the prostitute to assist the Crown's case.

The court heard how the CCTV footage shows the van coming into the car park and then a woman going over to it and climbing into the vehicle.

Defending Kedar, Sandesh Singh said: “There is no evidence of soliciting for the purposes of prostitution. There is no evidence Mr Kedar had any physical contact with the girl.

“He lives in the back of his van so said his flies might have been undone. The amount of times I have been flying low is too many to mention.”

Magistrates said there was no case to answer as the prosecution had not produced all the necessary elements of the case.

Kedar was awarded £96 for travel expenses.

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