We are regularly faced with pro-prostitution campaigners who believe that the zone must be working and the residents are just unreasonable.
So on Friday 7th September 2018 we compiled a few notes from just 24 hours in Holbeck.
Midnight: Resident report into a local Facebook group. SOE admin contacted the resident to get more details.
Calum and his friend Dave finished work late at a club in the city centre and were walking home near the managed zone around midnight when they heard a woman’s voice calling for help…
“We took a detour to a street in the direction where the calls were coming from. We saw a man trying to strangle a woman. He released her as soon as we approached and she ran towards us. The arguments continued. She’s a sex worker and he’s the punter. The fight was about condoms. He wanted her to have sex without a condom and was offering her extra money but she refused. She had said she would only do it if he wore a condom and he became angry then tried to strangle her. We told him off and threatened to call the Police. He skulked back to his car. Dave was stood with the woman on the pavement reassuring her, he said we’d walk her home. I was watching them. The punter started the car engine and drove at them, mounting the pavement. He hit Dave and Dave flew across the bonnet of the car then fell off onto the road. He missed the woman. After that the punter drove at me and tried to run me down but I dodged him. He drove off and we called the Police.”
Save Our Eyes issued this appeal for info
“Members we need your help to identify a punters car seen in the zone last night. The punter ran over a local resident who went to help a prostituted woman who was being attacked near Dunelm.
The witness believes the reg starts with YF11. It’s a Ford Fiesta 5 door, black, new shape.
Punter is described as approx 5ft 6in, stocky, black hair & black goatee beard.”
12.30am resident report to Save Our Eyes
Resident posts video from her CCTV camera showing prostitute & punter coming out of children’s play area and driving off in punters car.
3am Beeston resident report to Save Our Eyes
“Two prostitutes soliciting outside my house on Malvern Road.” (Malvern Road is in Beeston and is some way from the zone.)
11am Holbeck resident report to Save Our Eyes
photo of used condom left on pavement outside her house at Gaitskell Walk. (This street is outside the managed zone.)
1pm Holbeck specialist cleansing team report that they have attended in response to the report below (made yesterday) and collected a large amount of used condoms, needles and drug litter.
SOE committee member: “The guys from Sweet St Car Park by Halfords just called us to say they’re having increased sex and drug waste strewn across their land and by public footpaths. I just called in to see and there’s unsheathed needles everywhere across the grassland and many areas being used by prostitutes and drug addicts! Holbeck Lcc Cleansing is it you guys for this job, it’s a lot to contend with or should I call council separately?? Awful! X”
4pm Holbeck resident report to Save Our Eyes
My 12 year old daughter walking home from school rang me to tell me she’s just seen a lady being raped! 2 men had pinned her up against the wall between Holbeck cemetery and Beggars Hill Park and one was pulling off her knickers as she screamed. My daughter ran home and I’ve called 999. She is very upset and vague on description but one male had a white t shirt and the other black tracksuit bottoms. The lady had quite long brown hair and a patterned top.
Her dad says, “A couple of hours later I was checking to see if she’s OK and she said “nah I’m fine.” I said “It must have been quite an upsetting thing?” and she replied “but it happens round here all the time.” My 12 year old thinks this is normal.”
Her mum is very angry. “Do you know how horrible it is to have your 12 year old daughter ring you panicking because of seeing this! This area used to be nice – it was somewhere I was proud to live. Now it’s been destroyed!”
Police attended the girls home and interviewed her with her parents. The location of this incident was outside the zone in a residential area near a childrens playground.
5pm Holbeck resident report to Save Our Eyes
Prostitute on Bridge Road near arches. Reported to Police.
6pm Holbeck resident report to Save Our Eyes for LCC Cleansing team
Used discarded condom left outside her house, photo attached
9.00pm Holbeck resident report to Save Our Eyes
“Just phoned the Police to report 2 prostitutes behind Sewells and the response I got from PCSO was that he was on his dinner and would go when he is finished.”
9.45pm Holbeck resident report to Save Our Eyes
“Prostitute on St Matthews street. Hair tied up. Long cardigan, 3 Quarter length trousers. Reported to Police”
(St Matthews Street is not in the zone, it is a residential area)
10pm Holbeck resident report to Save Our Eyes
“Think they’re at it again near my house. Man and woman got out of a yellow transit van, reg no. FG03 NNY. Went round and got in sliding doors at the side. Been in there together 10 minutes now.”
Save Our Eyes campaigns for the rights of all Leeds residents whose lives are blighted by the “managed approach to prostitution” which is currently located in the Holbeck area and spreading to other parts of the city.
We aim to become a community where residents are not subjected to daily harassment from kerb crawlers, prostituted women, danger from discarded condoms, needles and sex industry litter.
We aim to see prostituted women freed from the grips of a drug addiction that was created to enslave them. We recognise that the women who are prostituted would rather lead different lives and we support their wishes to exit the sex industry.
Both sides in this dispute want the same outcome: a peaceful life free from prostitution and abuse.