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The policing of sex work in West Yorkshire: An interview with Rosie Campbell OBE

  The following interview is with Rosie Campbell OBE who took up the Chief Executive Officer post at Leeds-based support agency Genesis in September 2013. Rosie has been heavily involved in researching, service development and sex work policy in the UK since 1995 and was one of the driving forces behind the ‘Merseyside Model’ which […]

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The policing of prostitution in West Yorkshire – the view from the street (Part Three: the BLAST Project)

  This interview is with Phil Mitchell from the Leeds-based BLAST Project. The BLAST Project provides a range of support services to boys and young men across Leeds and Bradford who are or have been sexually exploited, or are at risk of being sexually exploited, including those who are involved in selling/exchanging sex. This interview […]

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Holbeck issues under discussion at Neighbourhood Forum

  A walking project, theatre and prostitution will amongst the subjects discussed by the Holbeck Neighbourhood Forum at its meeting on Saturday (28 June 2014). The Forum is the group developing the Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan, which will help shape future development in the area. A Board was elected at the last meeting in March and […]

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Bookmarked: The View from the Street – An interview with the Joanna Project

  The issue of prostitution in Holbeck is contentious. John Cockburn has been to interview staff from the Joanna Project which works with women to help them escape drug addiction and prostitution. The full interview is well worth a read. The first of a short series of interviews with the agencies who provide outreach and […]

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Prostitute’s drop-in centre angers Holbeck residents

The Cross Ingrams Area Residents Association in Holbeck held its regular bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday evening (25 March) in the Ingram Gardens Community Centre. Around 20 residents attended, the main topic of discussion being the planned prostitute’s drop-in centre on Domestic Street in Holbeck. Jackie Hird from the Joanna charity and Gerry Shevlin from Leeds […]

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South of the River – Why does it always happen in Holbeck?

  On Christmas Eve I saw a man wheeling a shopping trolley with a fridge in it down Cemetery Road (on the road, not the pavement) towards the motorway bridge. It made me laugh, I even tweeted about it with the hashtag “Only In Holbeck”. The two hot topics for comments on the blog this […]

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Prostitutes’ drop-in centre for Holbeck

A new planning application has been submitted to change an unused residential caretakers building at 1 Sydenham Street, off Domestic Street in Holbeck, to office use and counselling and education/training support services use. At first site this sounds pretty innocuous until you start to dig a bit deeper. The applicant is a charitable organisation called […]

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Holbeck’s Big Conversation with Hilary Benn MP

  Forty residents came along to St Matthew’s community centre on Friday (8 November 2013) to discuss local issues with their MP and local Councillors. The agenda was set by residents as they were invited to record issues in three categories: good things about living in Holbeck, problems and things that can be done. A […]

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Area Committee discusses prostitution, rubbish and the census

  Rubbish, young people, the census and South Leeds Life were all on the agenda when the Council’s Inner South Area Committee met last night. The committee, made up of our nine ward Councillors, met at St Matthew’s Community Centre in Holbeck. Prostitution was the first topic of debate. It wasn’t on the agenda, but […]

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Voice of Holbeck group discuss prostitution, bikes and allotment vandalism

Local issues including prostitution and vandalism in Holbeck were discussed at a Voice of Holbeck community meeting in Cleveleys Court. PCSO Nick Smith of Holbeck Neighbourhood Policing Team gave an update on the local policing priorities of prostitution around St Matthew’s Street and Pleasant Street and thefts, trespass and damages on the Shafton Lane allotments. […]

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