A Hull retailer which specialises in secondhand goods was fined £3,550 in July after admitting selling
pornographic DVDs without a licence.
The DVDs were discovered during a routine inspection by city trading standards officers at E&M Mart. Over 600 items were recovered during the action,
A spokesperson for the council's trading standards department said after the case: The Video Recordings Act requires films to be classified by the British Board of Film Classification for the protection of the public and we will always take action
against those that knowingly ignore the law.
A man who admitted downloading images of extreme pornography involving animals, has been told by a judge that he did not believe his apologies.
He pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing extreme pornography involving 62 videos. The court heard that one charge involved women having sex with dogs and the other involved sexual activity with horses.
Judge Everett claimed that downloading such images encouraged those who use vulnerable women to get involved in such activity on film.
He was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and 20 days rehabilitation activities. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and to pay a fine
The videos were found a after a police raid possibly related to growing cannabis.
Ms Norman, the 70-year-old woman who was arrested because she stayed to try to save the life of a man
who had collapsed in the brothel where she was working as a cleaner, was today found guilty of assisting in the management of a brothel.
Cari Mitchell from the English Collective of Prostitutes, which has been supporting Ms Norman and who was present in court, commented.
It is a terrible injustice that a woman who performed a civic duty by trying to save another human being's life should find herself with a criminal record for her efforts. Shame on the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Judge. If they
had any morals or were in anyway concerned for women's safety this prosecution would never have been brought or Ms Norman would have been found not guilty. How was prosecuting Ms Norman in the public interest?
Ms Norman was too upset to comment and was very distressed at getting a criminal record. She thanked her supporters and the ECP for sticking with her throughout this ordeal.
This prosecution sends a signal to sex workers everywhere that the police are more concerned with their targets and consequently their funding than with the value of human life. Sex workers who are victims of rape and other violence will be
deterred from reporting for fear of being put on trial for prostitution. Violent attackers are more likely to go free as a result.
Ms Norman was convicted of assisting in the management of a brothel because she helped post ONE advert and recorded the details of some clients. Everyone knew that she was the cleaner and not the manager or owner. She got paid 2£6 an hour. She was
given a conditional discharge and has to pay towards court costs. A criminal record wrecks havoc with someone's life 203 affecting everything from travel to housing to insurance cover. We now wait to see if the police and courts further persecute
Ms Norman by trying to take her savings and assets under proceeds of crime law.
This prosecution flies in the face of the National Police Chiefs' Council policing strategy which recognises sex workers as a vulnerable group that we have a responsibility to protect. Evidence from New Zealand where prostitution was
decriminalised in 2003 found that 70% of sex workers said that since decriminalisation they were more likely to report incidents of violence to the police.* In the UK. there are significant differences in the numbers of sex workers reporting
violence depending on police policy in that area. For example, in Lancashire, where police made known that their priority was harm reduction, 46% of sex workers reported when they were a victim of crime. This compared to 5% of victims in
Nottinghamshire where police had a policy of arresting both sex workers and clients.
A man who paid £30 for sex was fined £410 for an unknown offence when the case was heard by Nottingham magistrates.
A police community support officer was in plain clothes in a hot spot for prostitution , off Forest Road East, when she saw a man approach a known prostitute. She called the police and the victim was apprehended.
The man was said to be in drink. so presumably not kerb crawling, as drink driving would surely have been cited. Ali Zaki prosecuting commented:
He said he had been in Nottingham city centre for a few drinks and went to the vice area and paid £30 for oral sex.
The victim was found guilty of soliciting to obtain sexual services of a prostitute in Forest Grove and was fined £410.