Sex trade - progress made

IPSWICH'S onslaught against the seedy world of street prostitution is today continuing to lead to arrests, The Evening Star can reveal.More than 40 men have been seized by officers leading the crackdown on kerb crawling and soliciting women in the town's red-light district since March 6.

IPSWICH'S onslaught against the seedy world of street prostitution is today continuing to lead to arrests, The Evening Star can reveal.

More than 40 men have been seized by officers leading the crackdown on kerb crawling and soliciting women in the town's red-light district since March 6.

Five arrests have been made in the last week alone - two of men caught kerb crawling and three of men who were caught in the act and cautioned for outraging public decency.

Suffolk police today said that since March 6, 29 arrests had been made for kerb crawling, eight for outraging public decency and a further six men had been arrested for soliciting women.

The police crackdown is a key pillar in the town's new prostitution strategy, which aims to help women out of the destructive street sex trade while clamping down on the men who create a demand for street sex.

Information for the arrests up until May 21 - the latest available - showed that 12 of the arrested men were from Ipswich, nine were from other areas of Suffolk, six were from Essex, mainly north Essex, four were from Cambridgeshire and four were from outside East Anglia.

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The vast majority of those arrested were given a caution because it was their first offence.

Recent arrests of men caught with prostitutes in Ipswich's red-light district.

West End Road: Man arrested at 9.55pm on Wednesday and cautioned for outraging public decency.

Handford Road: Man arrested at 9.30pm on Tuesday and cautioned for kerb crawling.

Handford Road: Man arrested at 10.10pm on Tuesday and cautioned for kerb crawling. He was bailed until 7pm on June 22.

Dillwyn Street: Man arrested at 11.10pm on Tuesday and cautioned for outraging public decency.

Dillwyn Street: Man arrested at 1.30pm on Sunday and cautioned for outraging public decency.

Portman Road: Man arrested at 9.48pm on May 24 and cautioned for outraging public decency.

Burlington Road: Man arrested at 1am on May 23 and cautioned for persistent soliciting of a prostitute.

Burlington Road: Man arrested at 9.24pm on May 22 and cautioned for persistent soliciting of a prostitute.

Eight women have also been arrested for soliciting for prostitution in connection with each of the above arrests.

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