Guidance for police and practitioners about closure orders under Part 2A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Section 21 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Policing and Crime Act 2009 inserted new Part 2A into the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
These provisions introduced new powers for the courts to close, on a temporary basis, premises associated with certain prostitution or pornography related offences. This tool is similar in nature to the existing closure powers contained within the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, although those powers target anti-social behaviour and Class A drug use, whereas the powers introduced by the Policing and Crime Act are targeted at sexual exploitation.
The addendum, published on 8 March 2015, updates the guidance to cover provisions in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the 2014 Act).