Police crack down on Bristol kerb crawlers

A two-week crackdown on kerb crawlers is underway in part of Bristol, following an increase in complaints from residents. Prostitution has been a problem on Fishponds Road in Eastville for decades.

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Statistics about Bristol's sex trade

Last year Avon & Somerset's dedicated Vice team caught 234 men kerb crawling. Of those:

  • 150 were caught in Fishponds
  • 113 received a conditional caution
  • 70% were from Bristol, and 92% from Bristol or Bath

Officers estimate 22 women are out every night:

  • 95% of the women are thought to have an addiction to class A drugs
  • 80% are thought to be homeless

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Vice squad crackdown on kerb crawlers

Police are cracking down on kerb crawling in parts of Bristol. It follows a series of complaints from residents. Prostitution has been a problem in Fishponds Road in Eastville for decades and now patrols are taking place to warn people off.

Crews are also going out regularly to clean up the area.

Police are cracking down on kerb crawlers in Eastville. Credit: ITV News West Country