Kerb crawler given ASBO banning him from Bristol's red-light areas
A KERB crawler has been given an ASBO banning him from Bristol's red-light areas for the next five years.
Andrew Kitchen, 46, from Tockington in South Gloucestershire, was caught kerb crawling in St Paul's on the night of September 6.
Police watched him pick up a prostitute and drive to Montpelier.
When they stopped him they instantly recognised him as someone they had caught kerb-crawling on two separate occasions in Eastville and St Paul's.
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Vice Liaison Officer PC Vicky Lewis said: "We're delighted to have yet another ASBO against a kerb crawler, this is the forth one we've had granted in the city the space of a month.
"The actions of this man and the others like him are fuelling the continuing vice problem in the area.
Kitchen had first been caught kerb-crawling in 2008. He signed an acceptable behaviour contract (an ABC) stating that he wouldn't commit the offence again or return to the area.
However, he breached his ABC in 2009 that time receiving a conditional caution and being given the opportunity to attend a course aimed at re-educating kerb-crawlers.
When he committed the offence again he appeared before Bristol Magistrates' Court on Thursday.
He was then given an ASBO to completely ban him from the area.
PC Lewis continued: "Officers from the vice team are out in force on the streets. We are working hard with the courts to ensure that those men who refuse to learn their lesson are punished accordingly."
"We will be using the full extent of the law to ensure that we keep people who are determined to break the law in this way out of the area. ASBOs such as the one granted yesterday allow us to keep people out of the area and arrest them immediately if they are seen in the area, without them having to actually commit a kerb-crawling offence."
If you have information about kerb crawling in your area contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
To get more information visit the Avon and Somerset Police website on www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
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