Kerb crawlers nabbed in Hackney red light area police sting

Juvenile among those arrested prowling streets for sex.

KERB crawlers were arrested by police in an operation in the borough’s red light areas.

Hackney Police and the Metropolitan Police’s Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Command carried out a vice operation in Shacklewell Lane and Lordship Park.

The operation, run between Monday October 11 and Thursday October 14, saw 21 people arrested of which 10 were charged with kerb crawling, 10 offered diversion courses and one juvenile reprimanded.

There were also 20 acceptable behaviour contracts signed and one ASBO handed out. One vehicle was also seized.

All will appear in Thames Magistrates Court on November 29.

Sgt Steve Wright, Dalston Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: “This crime is severely anti-social, especially for those people who live and work in the area.

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“People who come to Hackney to solicit sex are not welcome. We are working closely with local residents and colleagues in the Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Command to arrest these people and deter them from kerb crawling in Hackney again.”