Crackdown on town centre call girls

Wigan town centre where prostitutes are known to be operating
Wigan town centre where prostitutes are known to be operating

POLICE have pledged a vice crackdown in Wigan after the Observer exposed a new town centre prostitution scourge.

Acting on the article that appeared in our October 29 edition, officers say they are going to be targeting the main streets in general and Wallgate in particular amid complaints that call girls are pestering pedestrians.

Work is now ongoing to identify all of the people involved in these acts. Please let this be a warning to any men that may think they can get away with engaging in this kind of activity in the town centre – if you do, it is more than likely that you will be caught on CCTV, identified and then you will receive a follow up visit from the police

PC Rodney Ashton

One local man told the paper he was offered full sex by a woman who appeared to be eastern European and said that they could go to a vehicle at a railway station car park.

Traders too say that prostitutes are “dragging the area down” and becoming a growing nuisance, particularly in the Wallgate area.

Since then officers have been studying CCTV footage and seen that on a number of occasions, women in the town centre have approached men as they leave bars and clubs offering sex for payment.

On one occasion in the early hours of Saturday, November 7, a woman is seen to approach a man near to Coopers Row and the pair then engaged in sexual activity in the street, all of which was caught on CCTV.

The 37-year-old woman was identified by officers and subsequently interviewed and cautioned for outraging public decency. Inquiries are now ongoing to identify the man involved.

PC Rodney Ashton, from Wigan Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Following a number of complaints from local residents, neighbourhood officers, along with CCTV operatives from Wigan Council have carried out work that has identified a number of women approaching men in the town centre as they leave bars late at night.

“Work is now ongoing to identify all of the people involved in these acts. Please let this be a warning to any men that may think they can get away with engaging in this kind of activity in the town centre – if you do, it is more than likely that you will be caught on CCTV, identified and then you will receive a follow up visit from the police.

“We are committed to making Wigan a safe and attractive town for people to enjoy a night out and this type of offence can put this at risk. We are committed to identifying and prosecuting offenders and will continue in our work to achieve this.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 7124 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.