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Coventry: police raid brothel after tip off

Published in The Coventry Telegraph
15th April 2013


West Midlands
POLICE raided a terraced house in Coventry after they were tipped off that it was being used as a brothel. Officers went to the property in Queen Mary’s Road, Foleshill, last weekend. No arrests were made during the visit and police say inquiries are ongoing.

Residents living nearby said they had seen police at the property over the weekend. One woman, who did not want to be named, said she had returned home late at night and spotted a police presence in the road. She said: “I haven’t been aware of anything unusual going on at the address – whatever’s been happening it’s been very low key.”

A man who lived a few doors away from the suspected brothel said he hadn’t seen the police visit, but said the property has changed hands several times in recent years and previous occupants were also visited by the police.

When the Telegraph went to the mid-terrace property the top floor window was wide open and a woman was leaning out smoking. After standing in the window for several minutes she threw the cigarette away and left the room.

Last December police in Cheylesmore raided a terraced property in Wrigsham Road after neighbours complained of regular visits by “sleazy men”. Residents said the women who worked there acted like they were being controlled.

As well as a series of suspicious incidents neighbours were forced to put up with repeated late night visits from taxis.

The latest brothel raid comes as police in Hillfields continue their crackdown on prostitution and kerb crawling in the area.

Earlier this year officers confirmed they had handed out 75 cautions to sex workers in the first few months of a new operation.

No one from West Midlands Police was available for furtherl comment.