Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paddington's Hookers from Hell Get an ASBO; 'Out of Control' Pair Banned from Streets

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paddington's Hookers from Hell Get an ASBO; 'Out of Control' Pair Banned from Streets

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TWO of London's most prolific prostitutes have been handed the first ever Asbos banning them from the streets.

Sharon Pickles and Gail Bennett will be jailed if they set foot again in Sussex Gardens in Paddington - one of the capital's most notorious red light districts. Pickles, a 31-year-old blonde, has 122 convictions for prostitution offences in the past decade and was described as "out of control".

Bennett, 25, was also described as a "persistent offender". Sussex Gardens has been a magnet for street prostitutes and kerb crawlers from around the UK for half a century. Pickles came from Yorkshire and Bennett from Wolverhampton to work there.

A series of residents complained the drug-addicted pair made their lives "hell" by having sex on their doorsteps, and shouting and brawling in street "turf wars". There were also used condoms, bloody syringes and excrement littered on pavements.

A family from war-torn Kosovo visiting the area for their daughter's wedding told how they feared for her safety after "seeing where she lived". …

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