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Kerb crawlers go on change course

Wiltshire has adopted a new way of dealing with kerb crawlers by introducing its first rehabilitation course designed to change behaviour.

Seven men who had been arrested for kerb crawling and had admitted the offence went on the course on Saturday.

It focuses on kerb crawling behaviour, its impact on street workers, on the offender's family and local community.

If the men fail to attend their case is referred back to the Crown Prosecution Service to reconsider a prosecution.

Men who attend the course are also required to have no previous convictions for domestic violence or sex offences, no mental health issues and must not be a registered sex offender.

Vice liaison officer Pc Sophia McIntyre said: " The course was received very positively by those that attended, who were surprised at how their behaviour fuels the cycle of on-street prostitution."

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