Kerb-crawler handed ASBO and fined £1,000
A PERSISTENT kerb crawler who refused to stay away from Bristol’s red-light districts has been slapped with an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).
James Cook, 31 (pictured) was also fined £1,000 by the city’s magistrates.
Police caught Cook picking up a prostitute from Fishponds Road, Eastville, one evening in August.
They saw him pick up the woman and drive off with her. After initially trying to deny it, Cook admitted the offence.
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This was the third time he had been caught kerb crawling in two years.
On the first occasion he was allowed to go on the “change course” – a rehabilitation programme which aims to educate men about the affect their behaviour has on the women and the local community.
The second time he was caught, he was punished with a conditional discharge.
Vice Liaison Officer PC Vicky Thomas said: “We hope that this case sends a strong message to people kerb crawling in the area.
“As this man has discovered, we are constantly watching the area and we will catch up with you time and again and put you before the courts.
“This is a really significant fine and goes to show the commitment of the courts to stamp out kerb crawling in Bristol.
“The vice trade is very distressing for residents who live in the area. They are being exposed to prostitutes soliciting on the street, who are often in poor health, as well as sex and drugs litter left behind such as used condoms and needles.
“It’s particularly unpleasant for women living in the area who have to put up with kerb crawlers like this man cruising the streets looking for sex.”
“This man may have thought it was worth the risk to continue to offend but this time he’s discovered that you can lose a lot if you kerb crawl in Bristol. £1,000 will leave most people seriously out of pocket and with some explaining to do at home.
“We're also asking residents to help us by making a note of the licence plates and take description of kerb crawlers and contact us on 101 with the details.”