VIDEO: Prostitution crackdown is packing a punch

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One year on from the launch of a crackdown on prostitution, Beds Police invited the Luton News to see the positive impact Operation Turtle is having on the town.

Operation Turtle started in January 2013 in response to residents’ complaints about prostitution and associated anti-social behaviour, particularly in High Town.

Police carry out Operation Turtle, keeping streets of Luton free of incidents involving sex workers.

Police carry out Operation Turtle, keeping streets of Luton free of incidents involving sex workers.

Video reporter Natalee Hazelwood went on patrol with Sgt Jason Cahill in prostitution hot spots such as Old Bedford Road.

Sgt Cahill said: “Before Operation Turtle we got on average 50 complaints a month about sex workers and related issues. Now it has fallen to about seven a month so what we are doing has had a massive impact.”

Since January 2013, more than 265 people have been caught and 80 arrested for other offences including burglary, ABH, GBH and drugs offences.

 

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