Driving ban warning for kerb crawlers

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Kerb crawlers caught trying to pick up prostitutes could face a driving ban as part of a new crackdown. New guidelines from the Lord Advocate warned anyone convicted of kerb-crawling could have their licence removed over and above any other sentence imposed by a court.

Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC said: “Prostitution represents an insidious form of abuse of women and men. The Lord Advocate’s guidelines are aimed at protecting the vulnerable and targeting the abusers.

“Our objectives are to tackle the risk of sexual and physical abuse of women and men and to address the significant nuisance and potential danger for the communities in which prostitution takes place.”

Official statistics show that 217 people had court proceedings brought against them last year for offences associated with prostitution.