Kerbcrawling offences bring fines and ASBO

FOUR MEN have been fined by magistrates for kerb crawling in Northampton.

Ajay Kapoor, aged 34, of Drayton Park, Daventry, was fined 300 with 69 costs for soliciting a prostitute on March 2 in Quorn Way.

The magistrates also imposed a two-year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) banning him from entering the Spring Boroughs and Semilong areas of town.

Anika Adelekan, prosecuting, said: "The defendant was found in a vehicle in a state of undress with a known prostitute. He said he was sorry."

She added Kapoor, who has a previous conviction for kerb crawling from November last year, was spotted by police driving around Semilong on several occasions over the past year.

Kevin Foreman, chairman of the magistrates bench, said: "We are going to impose an ASBO as made on behalf of the chief constable of the Northamptonshire Police. During 2004 and 2005, you solicited prostitutes and committed sexual acts in public.

"During the next two years you must not commit any lurid acts in public places."

Under the conditions of the ASBO, the 34-year-old must also not enter Semilong.

Adam Neil Chater, 22, of Stonehill Court, The Arbours, was fined 150 with 50 costs for kerb crawling in Quorn Way on March 14.

Officers were on patrol in an unmarked car when saw Chater drive down Quorn Way and approach a woman, known as a prostitute.

He was seen to beckon the woman over and, after a short conversation, the prostitute got in the car, which the officers followed.

The 22-year-old said: "I was in the wrong. I admitted I was in the wrong."

Antoni William Kuna, of Eastern Avenue North, Kingsthorpe, was fined 200 and 50 costs for soliciting a prostitute in St Andrew's Street on March 14.

He was spotted picking up a woman and then driving to a secluded parking area.

Prosecuting, Mary Mulhall said the 41-year-old admitted he knew he was in the red light area and had paid 20 to a prostitute.

Kuna apologised to the court, adding: "I knew it was a foolish thing to do. It won't happen again."

Martin Wright, aged 35, of Warkton Lane, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, was fined 250 for kerb crawling in Quorn Way on March 8.