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Warning for kerb-crawlers.

Byline: By Laura Wright South Wales Echo

Police are testing a new tactic to tackle kerb-crawling men - sending a letter to their home.

Anyone suspected of trying to pick up prostitutes will be traced through their car registration.

Tactic: Page 2 Police targeting city kerb crawlers: Kerb crawlers will have letters sent to their homes warning them about their behaviour as police tackle the problem of prostitution.

Anyone suspected of trying to pick up prostitutes will be traced through their car registration number plates and written to.

Police say kerb crawlers are often family men, with wives and children at home, and this is usually enough to deter their illegal habits.

Once they have been marked out, they will be targeted if their behaviour is repeated.

Speaking at the Police and Community Together (Pact) meeting for Grangetown, Pc Melanie Rowlands said: "We're looking at using anti-social behaviour contracts which kerb crawlers sign to say they won't approach a specific area and won't approach a female in the street.

"If kerb crawlers aren't there, the girls won't be."

PC Rowlands promised a new multi-agency approach to the prostitution complaints in the Tyndall Street and Blaenclydach Street areas of Grangetown, Cardiff.

Charity Street Life are interviewing girls as young as 12 to find out the reasons behind prostitution and how it can be stopped at the core.

Advice cards on drugs, community safety and sexual assaults will also be handed out to them.

Other problems brought up in the meeting included disorder outside the Neville pub and rubbish dumped in the lanes.

One resident complained that a man was fouling in a plastic bag and leaving it in their back lane every day.

Pc Rob Gunstone reported that there had been 108 stop searches in Grangetown since the last meeting, leading to 16 arrests for robbery, prostitution and taking cars without consent.

Out of 20 cars stopped, three were found to have no licence or insurance with another 20 without tax.

Burglaries, a priority of the last Pact meeting, were said to be down by nearly half from 15 in April to eight in May.

Seven people have been arrested, and charged with burglary while another two were arrested for handling stolen goods.

This month, an automatic recognition plate scheme will be rolled out to catch stolen cars or those wanted in connection with crimes.

The next Pact meeting will be on July 6 at St Paul's Church Hall, Grangetown.
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