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COUNCIL LOOKS FOR OTHER FUNDING FOR SUPPORTING IPSWICH PROSTITUTES

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Suffolk CC has pledged to continue helping prostitutes into drug treatment following the arrests of two men in conn...
Suffolk CC has pledged to continue helping prostitutes into drug treatment following the arrests of two men in connection with the murder of five Ipswich sex workers.

Increasing the number of drug users given rehabilitation is one of the targets in the county's local area agreement.

Julia Stevens, assistant director of community safety, said: 'This is an opportunity for those women who have perhaps not been in drug treatment for a while and have not returned because of what's happened,' said Ms Stevens. 'If a woman wants to change her lifestyle then this is an opportunity.'

The arrests this week of two men on suspicion of murdering Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Tania Nicol, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls had not changed the way the council was working.

'We have got to make sure we are carrying on these services and if people need drug treatment then we must see that [the support] carries on.

The council has been working with local agencies to help women who are heroin users to get methadone prescriptions. They have also collaborated with charity the Henry Smith Foundation to give sex workers in Ipswich food vouchers and mobile phone top-ups to encourage them to stay off the streets.

Ms Stevens said the council would be looking for other sources of funding to continue supporting the women.

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