Phone firms face Westminster ire

Westminster City Council has launched a fresh wave of activity in its campaign to rid telephone boxes in the centre of London of illegal cards advertising prostitution.

This latest, final push in the three-year campaign will name and shame CEOs of mobile phone companies that refuse to co-operate by barring numbers advertised in this way. Last week, the council’s press office staff protested on London’s Oxford Street outside selected mobile phone shops.

Details of the mobile phone companies’ CEOs will be sent to residents, businesses and charities so they can ‘make their views known’. If companies refuse to co-operate, the council has threatened to lobby on the forthcoming London Local Authority Act to make it compulsory for firms to bar numbers on such cards.

A T-Mobile spokesman said: ‘We have a long-standing policy of barring numbers proven to be used for criminal activities. Equally, we take care not to bar numbers without good reasons.’

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