Monday, 19 July 2010

Operation Aqua and the Coalition Against Cruising

I'm indebted to @JimGilroy for flagging this story up in today's Messenger (a Manchester paper). It reports on a partnership between Trafford Council’s Community Safety Patrol Team, the police, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, NHS Trafford, Mersey Valley Wardens and local business in the area who have 'joined forces 'with Trafford Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Unit to patrol a well known cruising area - Sale Water Park - as part of what has been dubbed 'Operation Aqua'. The story makes reference to 'unlawful sexual activity' and Sale Water Park is a very well known cruising site. The most adventurous thing I've done there is have a meal with relatives in the waterside restaurant - I know how you appreciate these random tit-bits.

Anyway, back to this story. It's interesting to see it's a genuine coalition of groups - something I've advocated previously but depressing for it still apparently being an anti public sex move. LGF's involvement - yet again, a gay group seemingly positioning itself as 'anti-cruising' is also noteworthy.

Also of interest is the penalties. The story only refers to anti-social behaviour powers which makes sense given the range of behaviour they are talking about but it will be interesting if they are indeed applying them to public sex activities.

Read the full story here.

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