Students voice vice girl fears

The corner of Scotland Street and Sllen Street, where prostitutes regularly ply thier trade
The corner of Scotland Street and Sllen Street, where prostitutes regularly ply thier trade
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University staff are to meet following complaints prostitution in a Sheffield suburb is making students feel unsafe.

The mother of a student who lives in the Opal 3 complex on Hoyle Street, Shalesmoor, wrote to Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University asking them to press South Yorkshire Police to do more to tackle the issue of sex workers plying their trade where students live.

She said students were ‘regularly accosted by women of the night’.

Sheffield University’s crime reduction panel is to discuss the problem tomorrow.

A spokeswoman said: “The safety and security of all our students is something we take very seriously.

“We monitor and patrol areas around the campus and student residences 24 hours a day.

“Students are always encouraged to report any incidents to university security.

“We also contact and work closely with South Yorkshire Police to ensure increased presence in the area.

“We also collaborate with the police, the Students’ Union and Student Services on initiatives which aim to educate students about safety and security whilst on and off campus.

“Tomorrow, a meeting of the university’s crime reduction panel will be taking place at which this issue will be discussed to see what can be done to help.

“Although Opal 3 is a privately owned student development which is not part of university accommodation, we encourage Opal 3 management to report all incidents to university security to take action.”

A Police spokeswoman said: “Figures obtained for the past four months show that 14 cautions have been issued for prostitution and 30 kerb crawlers have been dealt with.

“ Officers have conducted more than 100 stop searches on people in that area as a proactive approach to patrolling.”