GMP issue public sex statement

Publish Date: 16/09/2011

The statement highlights: "City centre police officers are responding to community concerns about public sex and anti-social behaviour in the Piccadilly Undercroft area. 

An operation has been launched following recent complaints from local businesses and members of the public. After listening to community concerns, officers will be patrolling the area where men have been seen meeting to have sex along the canal tow path at all times of the day.

There have also been a number of robberies and assaults reported in the same place and as such officers will be patrolling to prevent this.

The City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team is offering reassurance to businesses and the local community with additional high-visibility patrols and ensuring that the area is no longer used for this kind of public activity.

A clean up operation will also take place with the help of Manchester City Council to improve lighting, cleanliness and signage will be placed in the Undercroft along the towpath.

Inspector Darren Kershaw, from the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This operation will be treated sensitively and this should not be seen as an initiative that is solely targeting the gay community, the increase of activity in this area is effecting people going about their everyday business.''

“This is about acting on the concerns of the people who live and work in the area and about protecting vulnerable people.  Our aim is to improve the area for everyone so that it is safe and free from crime.”

For further information, please contact the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 3221 or e-mail a1apt@gmp.police.uk to report crime, call police on 0161 872 5050 or Crime stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

For the latest on your lesbian, gay and bisexual rights in relation to sex and much more read the LGF's "I Exist" guide for a snap shot of your rights in this area. To download the guide visit: http://www.lgf.org.uk/Our-services/Campaigns/-i-exist-/

Also, for more information about cruising and public sex environments read our "Cruising Around" guide. http://www.lgf.org.uk/Our-services/Campaigns/Cruising-around/

And for further support you can access the LGB&T Police Surgery every Thursday at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, and our LGB&T Legal Advice Surgery on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information visit: http://www.lgf.org.uk/Our-services/we-re-here-if-you-need-us/