Better street lighting part of plan to tackle Ilford prostitution

Improved street lighting is part of the borough’s newly formed strategy to reduce prostitution.

Since Redbridge Community Safety Partnership’s three-year plan was endorsed in June, organisations have been working along the themes of environment, enforcement, exit from prostitution and engagement with the community.

An action plan presented to cabinet on Tuesday in Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, included upgrading street lighting in two locations, investigating the possibility of implementing further street lighting on side roads off Ilford Lane and gathering further intelligence on locations which give the most cause for concern.

Redbridge Police’s Operation Clearlight is still ongoing and a dedicated phone number for the public to report activity in the hotspot area of Loxford is being set up.

Cabinet also heard about talks being held between the safety partnership and the boroughs of Newham and Barking and Dagenham.

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The possibility of the three authorities creating a longer- term outreach programme to engage with women involved in prostitution is being explored.

Cllr Filly K. Maravala (Independent, Loxford) said: “It most definitely is a step in the right direction. I am counting on this new policing model to really yield some good results.”

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