Tag: prostitution

‘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 3 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 →
South of the River – Roxanne

South of the River – Roxanne

When is a story not a story? Or to put it another way, when is it better not to publish a story? I’m referring to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s coverage of the ‘managed red light zone’ in Holbeck. In case you missed it, they reported on a scheme where prostitutes are allowed to ply their […]






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

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 […]






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

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 […]






Holbeck issues under discussion at Neighbourhood Forum

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 […]






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

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 […]






Prostitute’s drop-in centre angers Holbeck residents

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 […]






By March 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
South of the River – Why does it always happen in Holbeck?

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 […]






By January 24, 2014 1 Comments Read More →