A notorious prostitute who was the first to be given an ASBO in Blackburn has had the order extended.So, ASBO didn’t work, jailing for breach of the ASBO didn’t work. Maybe this time, nothing will work.
Natasha Coker, 25, has already been jailed after numerous breaches of the conditions - originally imposed for soliciting in January 2010.
At Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Coker, of no fixed address, had the ASBO extended for a further two years.
So, let’s try it!
Sgt Kevin Jones from the Blackburn North West Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We have tried to work with Coker but her refusal to engage with the support we have offered leaves us with no other option than to extend the length of the Order.She’s already had custodial sentences. Weren’t you listening?
“If she continues this behaviour she will risk a custodial sentence and I hope she uses this as an opportunity to rehabilitate herself and get her life back on track.”
Lancashire Police launched an initiative in 2009 where educational courses were offered to both street sex workers and kerb crawlers on first arrest in Blackburn.Errr, hang on. Why the discrepancy?
The course costs £75 for men and is free for women. It aims to raise awareness of the law around prostitution, the dangers, health risks and the impact of their behaviour on the community.
It's presumably seen as a 'punishment' for men, while a 'valuable service' for streetwalkers, I take it?