A SEX worker allegedly threatened to stab a resident living in Southend’s “unofficial red-light district” after being confronted by the fed-up individual. 

People living in and around Ambleside Drive have long complained about problems with gangs, drug dealers and prostitution.

In recent months, Essex Police has issued a number of community protection warnings to sex workers which ban them from the area, as well as banning several kerb crawlers from setting foot in Ambleside Drive. 

Police are currently investigating reports a man was threatened in Horniton Road.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous for safety reasons, told the Echo:

“There was one incident where a sex worker threatened to stab a resident in an altercation.

“The women working the streets are clearly driven by addiction, but they are not welcome round here.”

However, the resident remained defiant the community could overcome the area’s reputation as “Southend’s unofficial red-light district”. 

“Residents are winning the war. We are slowly destroying the available trade for sex workers in the area by reporting every kerb crawler in the area,” they said.

“The message seems to be getting through to the men that would be potential kerb crawlers that they will be caught.

“They might as well give up, as our resolve is stronger. This is our neighbourhood, for families and decent people, it is not for them. They are not welcome.”

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports a man was threatened in Honiton Road, Southend at around 6.50pm on February 15.

“Officers attended and spoke to the victim, carried out enquiries and provided safeguarding advice.

“If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us.

“Please quote the crime reference number 42/28069/23.

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“You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

“Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about our website reporting services.

“Alternatively you can call us on 101. You can contact independent charity @Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.”