Three strike kerb-crawler in Fishponds and Eastville areas receives ASBO and £1000 fine
By matt_2009 | Friday, October 05, 2012, 13:24
A 31-year-old kerb crawler has received an ASBO banning him from the city's red-light areas as well as a £1000 fine in court.
Police caught the man picking up a prostitute in Eastville one evening during August. They saw him pick up the woman on Fishponds Road and drive off with her. After initially trying to deny it the man admitted the offence and was charged to appear in court in October.
Vice Liaison Officer PC Vicky Thomas said: "This is a really significant fine and goes to show the commitment of the courts to stamp out kerb crawling in Bristol."
"The vice trade is very distressing for residents who live in the area. They are being exposed to prostitutes soliciting on the street, who are often in poor health, as well as sex and drugs litter left behind such as used condoms and needles.
"It's particularly unpleasant for women living in the area who have to put up with kerb crawlers like this man cruising the streets looking for sex."
This was the third time that police had caught the man kerb crawling in the area in two years. The first time he was given the opportunity to attend the change course, a rehabilitation programme which aims to educate men about the affect their behaviour has on the women and the local community. The second time he received a lesser sentence.
PC Thomas said: "We hope that this case sends a strong message to people kerb crawling in the area. As this man has discovered we are constantly watching the area and we will catch up with you time and again and put you before the courts."
"We're asking residents to help us by making a note of the licence plates and take descriptions of kerb crawlers and contact us on 101 with the details."
If you have information about kerb crawlers operating contact police on 101 in a non-emergency or 999 in an emergency or visit our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk