The old public spaces protection order in Pill ended in July. Sexual exploitation will be targeted as part of new measures in the Pill area of Newport, despite it being dropped after a consultation. The order contained three restrictions aimed at targeting street drinking, anti-social behaviour caused by groups and use of intoxicating substances.
A new order was proposed earlier this year, which aimed to tackle sexual exploitation, aggressive begging, spitting, littering, unsafe use of scooters and bikes and defecation and urinating in public. However, after a public consultation, the sexual exploitation element was dropped after a request from Gwent Police.
This was because they though it could be dealt with more effectively by laws already in place. Ahead of the full council meeting this evening June 29 a petition from local businesses and residents with around 60 atures was submitted to Newport council asking for the sexual exploitation element to be reinstated. In the meeting, the cabinet member responsible for PSPOs, Cllr Ray Truman, submitted an amendment to re-add the sexual exploitation amendment.
Local ward member Cllr Tracy Holyoake said the issue had been more evident throughout the Covid pandemic. A council report says that, since August 31 last year, 35 people have been arrested for soliciting in the Pill ward, with 28 of those charged.
A further six arrests were made in this time relating to street sexually exploited adults, which were non-prostitution offences, the report says. There are always big stories on WalesOnline - don't miss any with our daily Invalid Something went wrong, please try again later.
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