240 prostitutes and 75 kerb-crawlers: A night on patrol with Sheffield’s prostitution police

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A bid to tackle Sheffield’s red light district by targeting kerb-crawlers is working, says the man charged with cleaning up the area – but police are still appealing to the public to help reduce the problem even further.

Sheffield’s prostitution officer PC John Taylor and colleague PC Robert Hamer took The Star’s reporter Alex Evans on patrol around Neepsend and Shalesmoor to show how police on the beat are tackling the grimy world of street sex.

PC John Taylor and PC Rob Hamer
PC John Taylor and PC Rob Hamer

Driving around roads including Scotland Street, Neepsend Lane and Allen Street, The Star witnessed single males on the lookout for prostitutes, and a total of eight women touting for trade in just under three hours on a clear Wednesday evening.


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