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Kerb Crawling: Newham

Home Department written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to prevent kerb crawling in the London borough of Newham.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Government understand the nuisance and distress that is caused by kerb crawling and supports action to prevent it.

The prevention of kerb crawling in Newham is a matter for the Metropolitan police and other appropriate local agencies. The law has recently been changed to allow the police to arrest kerb crawlers without having to prove that they had engaged in this conduct persistently. We want to see the police use this measure where appropriate to apprehend those who engage in this activity.

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