Police have raided dozens of brothels across Kent and Sussex as part of a national crackdown on the criminal gangs trafficking young women into the sex trade. Four eastern European girls are being offered the help of welfare services after the raid in Ashford. In many cases victims are forced into prostitution, in what police describe as a form of modern-day slavery.
Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham from Kent Police issued an appeal for the public to report any suspicious activity.Position12reorder
‘Operation Perceptional has been coordinated by the National Crime Agency and although this is very much business as usual for the force, we are keen to play our part and raise awareness.
‘Kent is the gateway to Europe and does provide criminals the opportunity to traffic individuals through the region. However, this is a national problem which we are working hard with our partners to target.
‘Prostitution is a hidden crime, it is rare that victims come forward and as a consequence of that it is important that people come forward with information if they have concerns about a suspected brothel operating in their neighbourhood.
‘It is often the case a house, flat or bungalow is rented for a short period of time and has two or more women residing in it. There will be a steady stream of male visitors who stay for a short time and periodically the occupants of the property will change.
‘The woman working within the brothels are often brought into the country under the false pretence of working in the beauty or child care industry, they are intimidated and have their passports taken away before being forced into prostitution. They are some of the vulnerable people that we come across and I would ask anyone who has information that may help us safeguard the future wellbeing of these individuals, to come forward.’
Wiltshire Police is highlighting when and where NOT to use the 999 and 101 numbers.
The Force received nearly four hundred thousand calls last year. A small number - it says - are inappropriate and put added pressure on the service.
Their 'Who You Gonna Call?' campaign runs on social media this week, ending in a 12-hour tweetathon on Friday, 22nd January.
Wiltshire Police advise that 999 is the number to call when you want to contact the police in an emergency. Dial 999 if:
- You need an immediate response because a crime is in progress or you think it is.
- You or someone else is injured or there is a threat to life.
- A serious road traffic collision has taken place.
- Violence is being used or threatened.
101 is the number to call when you want to contact the police - when it's less urgent than 999. Dial 101 in a non-emergency if:
- You want to report a crime/issue that does not require an immediate emergency response.
- You or someone else are not in immediate danger
- You would like to speak to your local police officer.
- You want to provide information about a crime.
Officers in Poole are appealing for the elderly victim of an alleged assault to come forward after a witness reported seeing three teenage boys take hold of her wheelchair, spin her around without her permission and verbally abuse her.
The assault happened around 10.30am on Monday 26 October outside Asda on West Quay Road.
It is believed the same group then carried out an unprovoked attack on an 84-year-old man outside the Market Gallery, Service Road, at around 5.30pm. They kicked him in the leg from behind and hit him with a pole.
Following initial enquiries into the second incident the first incident has now only recently come to light.
I am appealing to the victim of the first incident to come forward to enable me to continue with my investigation into both occurrences as I believe they are both linked."
The three teenage boys have been identified. No arrests have yet been made.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 26:79.
A young woman was sexually assaulted as she walked to work in Bexhill on Sunday, October 25.
The 21-year-old was walking on Amherst Road between 11.20am and 11.25am when she heard steps behind her. The attacker squeezed her bottom and, as she turned around, the person ran away.
The suspect was only seen from behind but is believed to be a man and was wearing a grey tracksuit. He ran towards Belle Hill. This assault was extremely brazen and in broad daylight."
Sussex Police are appealing for anyone with information or who saw what happened to contact them on email@example.com quoting serial 616 of 25/10.
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Thames Valley Police say they've had a number of calls after CCTV of an attack on a doorman was shown in a television appeal.
The member of security staff was thrown down the stairs at Maxwell's Bar on Queen Street, Oxford, by a clubber who had been asked to leave the venue.
The victim fractured his skull and dislocated his shoulder in the fall, during the attack in January.
Video credit: Thames Valley Police/CCTV Footage
Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses after someone fired at workmen with a 15mm ball bearing.
The men were working on the roundabout at Peel Common, Newgate Lane, Fareham, when they were shot at between 3.15pm and 4pm on Monday 12th October.
This incident could have had serious consequences. Fortunately the ball bearing did not hit any of the workmen but it was very close.
Were you around the area at the time? Did you see what happened or do you know who could be responsible? I would urge anyone with any information to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Anyone with information should contact PC Nancarrow on 101.
A 51-year-old man is beginning a two and a half year prison sentence after police uncovered a cannabis factory in an industrial unit in Southend.
Steven Laidlaw from Alton Gardens admitted to playing a part in the production of over £250,000 worth of cannabis.
Around 500 plants were discovered when officers raided an industrial unit in Baron Court off Chandlers Way on September 23 last year.
Laidlaw was jailed at Basildon Crown Court on October 8 2015.
A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to almost two years in prison and faces deportation for an assault in Brighton.
Mohammed Abusetta has been sentenced to 21 months for punching a 27-year-old man from Kent in the face.
The incident happened on the Kingsway, near to the West Pier, at around 6pm on June 10.
Abusetta broke the man's eye socket, was arrested and charged with GBH.
He pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on August 28.
Abusetta broke the victim's eye socket after a minor verbal altercation on the seafront.
This level of violence is completely unacceptable and pleased that he has been punished for his actions.