Concern over public ‘sex cruising’ places

ACTION could be taken by a council after it was claimed a number of publicly-owned sites were being used for illicit sexual activity.

A number of buildings and places in west Suffolk – ranging from toilets to woodlands to multi-storey car parks – have been highlighted by a website.

The website even rates each location – including the Rookery Shopping Centre toilets, Brandon’s car park toilets, Great Cornard Country Park and the Rougham Road truck stop in Bury – using a star-based system.

It also gives information about the best visiting times and the types of clientele each location attracts.

One of the highest-rated locations in west Suffolk is an area called The Copse, which is close to West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.

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Another location listed is the Parkway multi-storey car park.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which runs the car park, last night voiced its surprise that the building was included and said it was unaware of any problem there. However, a spokeswoman for the council said if a problem did emerge, the council would take steps to deal with it.

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A police spokeswoman said while sex in a public place was not an offence under the law, “any sexual activity in a toilet to which the public has access is a criminal offence, regardless of the sexual orientation of the offenders”.

Forest Heath District Council said it was not aware of any cruising.

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