Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Police investigate wolf-whistling for the first time after woman filed complaint on builders

ThinkstockPhotos-465245187.jpg

We've all experienced the embarrassing, humiliating and generally awful moment the sound of a wolf-whistle comes from the side of the road. Our general response is to ignore it and start walking faster.

But a 23-year-old is making headlines this week after filing an official complaint to the police after being continuously wolf-whistled at by a group of builders whilst walking to work in Worcester. 

Poppy Smart (photo posed by model) said she felt upset and humiliated by “disrespectful comments” from builders she endured every morning for a month. 

She said that on one occasion, a builder stepped out into her path and said “'morning love” before laughing.

The woman, who works as a digital marketing coordinator, said her experience "got so bad" that she considered changing her route to work, but she asked herself 'why should I do that?'. 

One morning she secretly filmed them whistling and handed the footage to the police, explaining that such taunts were “the tip of the iceberg” and indicative of a much wider problem.

"People say it is only wolf-whistling but women shouldn't have to deal with it,” she told The Telegraph. "I think more women should speak out about this behaviour – maybe it will make people think twice.”

WOman walking

West Mercia Police questioned the construction firm on suspicion of sexual harassment and CCTV of the building site was studied to identify the culprits who were given official warnings by their employers.

It is believed to be the first time police have ever investigated wolf whistling as a potential crime.

The company also contacted Smart to make an official apology, which led her to drop the charges.

Smart hopes her story will prompt others to speak out. “Personally I don't think that such comments, even if they are considered complimentary by the perpetrators, are appropriate,” she said.

"Imagine hearing someone speaking that way to your sister, mother, wife or daughter."

 

 

Comments

More

“A teenage girl's first concert should be a rite of passage”

“And, last night it was snatched from their innocent hands”

by Lucy Foster
23 May 2017

Manchester attack: how you can help

The ways you can support the victims, survivors and investigation

by Amy Swales
23 May 2017

The entertainment world reacts to the Manchester terror attack

Tributes have poured in from stars across the globe following the tragedy

by Joe Ellison
23 May 2017

Manchester attack: the woman who heroically protected over 50 children

Paula Robinson has been praised for her heroism on social media

by Kayleigh Dray
23 May 2017

Manchester Arena blast: at least 22 dead and more than 50 injured

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called it a “barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society”

by Kayleigh Dray
23 May 2017

Everything you need to know about alkaline hydrolysis

It's an eco-friendly alternative to burials

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 May 2017

How to chill a bottle of white wine in less than 3 minutes

Because who has time to wait for wine?

by Kayleigh Dray
22 May 2017

Bride’s wedding shoot with male bridesmaids goes viral

This computer engineer's bro-maids are basically awesome

by Amy Swales
22 May 2017

This is how you decide what to eat for lunch

Salad or sandwich?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 May 2017

How to tell if your friendship is failing - and how to fix it

These are the warning signs to look out for

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 May 2017