16Amendment to offence of loitering etc for purposes of prostitutionE+W+S+N.I.
(1)The Street Offences Act 1959 (c. 57) is amended as follows.
(2)In subsection (1) of section 1 (loitering or soliciting for purposes of prostitution)—
(a)for “common prostitute” substitute “ person ”, and
(b)after “female)” insert “ persistently ”.
(3)In subsection (4) of that section after “section” insert “—
(a)conduct is persistent if it takes place on two or more occasions in any period of three months;
(b)any reference to a person loitering or soliciting for the purposes of prostitution is a reference to a person loitering or soliciting for the purposes of offering services as a prostitute;
(4)Omit section 2 (application to court by person cautioned for loitering or soliciting).
(5)In determining for the purposes of section 1 of the Street Offences Act 1959 (c. 57) (as amended by this section) whether a person's conduct is persistent, any conduct that takes place before the commencement of this section is to be disregarded.