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Holbeck residents give cautious approval to ‘managed approach’

Holbeck residents give cautious approval to ‘managed approach’

The ‘managed approach’ by Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police to dealing with prostitution in Holbeck has been given a cautious thumbs up in a comprehensive survey of residents. It was revealed at the Inner South Community Committee meeting that about a third of residents had rejected the scheme; a third approved the scheme; […]

By September 15, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Holbeck consulted again on ‘managed approach’ to sex work

Holbeck consulted again on ‘managed approach’ to sex work

Residents in Holbeck are being consulted again on the Police and Council’s ‘managed approach’ to dealing with sex work (prostitution) in the area. Questionnaires from independent researchers Qa Research have been delivered to residents, but the survey can also be completed online here: http://surveys.qaresearch.co.uk/Holbeck.asp A number of drop in sessions have been organised for today […]

Holbeck residents’ phone line launched

Holbeck residents’ phone line launched

Police have released a dedicated telephone number for residents to report breaches of the Managed Approach to sex work in Holbeck. The number is: 07534 309568. The phone line was promised at a public meeting held at St Matthew’s Community Centre on 27 February, but has been delayed. Residents are urged to use it to […]

South of the River – Communication Breakdown

South of the River – Communication Breakdown

Not for the first time, I spent a very interesting Saturday morning in St Matthew’s Community Centre in Holbeck this week. The room was packed with residents who wanted to have their say about the managed sex work area, for once those responsible for the decision were present to explain their position. There was tension […]

Arrest for soliciting in Holbeck

Arrest for soliciting in Holbeck

West Yorkshire Police – Leeds Inner South. Holbeck Ward Update. Over the Weekend, Officers from Inner South have been patrolling Holbeck and the area around Holbeck Lane. As a result of this activity and interaction within the community they have made an Arrest for the offence of Solicitation for the purpose of Prostitution. The female […]

By February 29, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Holbeck residents debate ‘Managed sex work area’

Holbeck residents debate ‘Managed sex work area’

Over 100 people packed into St Matthew’s Community Centre on Saturday morning (27 February 2016) to put their views to Council bosses and Police officers. The meeting to discuss the ‘managed sex work area’ was organised by local councillors and chaired by Cllr Angela Gabriel. Most of the residents were opposed to the managed area […]

By February 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Pressure mounts on controversial prostitution scheme

Pressure mounts on controversial prostitution scheme

The scrutiny of the controversial ‘Managed Prostitution Area’ in Holbeck intensified this week – notably with significant new media coverage, and a heated meeting between businesses, West Yorkshire Police, the Council, and other stakeholders. Following local MP Hilary Benn’s article addressing the issue here in South Leeds Life last weekend, the Yorkshire Evening Post ran […]

By February 14, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
‘Managed area’ is not working

‘Managed area’ is not working

There’s been a lot of debate in Holbeck recently about the ‘managed area’ for prostitution. The story goes as follows. There’s long been prostitution in the area and it has caused nuisance and distress to local residents. The police have tried their normal approach although according to research by York University it has “made very […]

By February 7, 2016 7 Comments Read More →
Police investigate murder of sex worker in Holbeck

Police investigate murder of sex worker in Holbeck

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of 21-year-old woman who was found in Holbeck in the early hours of this morning. At 1.18am today (23 December 2015) officers were called to Springwell Road, in Holbeck, where the woman, Daria Pionko, had been found unconscious with injuries consistent with an assault. She was […]

By December 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Community Committee discuss Sex Work Managed Area

Community Committee discuss Sex Work Managed Area

Last week’s Inner South Community Committee (9 September 2015) received a progress report on the ‘Holbeck Street Sex Work Managed Area’. The area was set up to try and reduce the impact of prostitution on the residents of Holbeck. Within the light industrial area, between 7pm and 7am, offences such as loitering, soliciting and kerb […]

By September 15, 2015 1 Comments Read More →