Prostitution and child grooming concerns in Sheffield suburb lead worried residents to warn car number plates are being recorded

A Sheffield community has raised concerns about prostitution and child grooming and sexual exploitation in the suburb and warned that car number plates are being recorded by worried residents.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 11:27 am

Firth Park Neighbourhood Network publicised concerns about prostitution and child sexual exploitation issues in Page Hall in a Facebook post as a warning to those involved that car registrations are being logged and information will be passed to the police.

Vice chairman Nasar Raoof said: “We have been approached now with a number of complaints for grooming and prostitution in the Page Hall area.

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There are concerns that children are being groomed and sexually exploited in Page Hall, Sheffield (this photo is for illustrative purposes only and none of the cars pictured are linked to the concerns being raised)

“The vehicle registration numbers given, alongside locations, will in due course be submitted to both the council and the police.

“Please keep reporting into us these issues and send us any evidence.

“We are keeping proof and a full database of all details we are passing.”

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He said one of the locations where suspected child grooming and sexual exploitation is taking place is on land opposite a nursing home Earl Marshal Road, where he claims men are regularly seen with young girls.

Inspector Gary Bramhall, of the Sheffield North East Policing Team, urged residents to report incidents of concern to help officers build up a picture of what is happening and investigate.

“Police have received one report of prostitution in Page Hall, Sheffield.

“We are aware of community concerns in this area of the city and work with our partners including local community groups and the local authority to address issues and offer reassurance.

“Regular patrols are conducted in this area, and a dedicated policing team is being created specifically for the Page Hall area to provide an ongoing presence and a point of contact for local residents.

“We are eager to continue working with the local community and our partners to address issues in Page Hall - it is not something we can tackle alone.

“Local residents with concerns should get in touch with us. Please tell us what you know, give us specific details of incidents of concern and we will continue to build an accurate understanding of what's happening and respond appropriately.”Call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

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