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Four arrested on suspicion of running brothel in Hemel Hempstead

Published in The Hemel Gazette
11th April 2017


Hertfordshire
Four people have been arrested in connection with the running of an alleged brothel in Hemel Hempstead after suspicious activity was reported in the area.  The arrests were made after a series of warrants were carried out at addresses in and around Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday, April 5.

The suspicious activity was occurring at an address in Evans Wharf, Apsley Lock, and a warrant was carried out under the Sexual Offences Act.  Four further properties, including a business premises, were also visited by police as part of the operation.

The operation was run in partnership with the City of London Police and involved officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Local Crime Unit, Operation Scorpion team, Specialist Investigation Team, Operational Support Team and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit.

The arrests made were as follows:

A 38-year-old woman from Kings Langley was arrested on suspicion of controlling prostitution; causing, inciting and controlling prostitution; keeping, managing, acting or assisting in the management of a brothel and converting criminal property. A

40-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead was arrested on suspicion of keeping, managing, acting or assisting in the management of a brothel; fraud by false representation; fraud by abuse of position and converting or concealing criminal property.

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Police put up 14 warning signs in this area to keep streets free from prostitution

Published in The Southend Echo
7th April 2017


Essex
POLICE have installed new warning signs in a no-go area for prostitution in an effort to keep the streets free from trouble. Officers put up 14 new signs on lampposts around the Southchurch area of Southend to deter both prostitutes - and kerb-crawlers - from visiting certain roads.

The effort is the latest in a long-running operation to end the practice in roads where residents frequently make complaints.

Sgt Ian Hughes, of the Southend community policing team, said although there are frequent night-time operations to catch offenders, officers could not always be there.

He said: “What we are looking at are preventative measures to deter people when we are not there. The challenge is that when we are about people either are not stopping to pick people up or the women aren’t touting for business. By putting up these signs it’s something we can do to deter people on days when we can’t be around.”

The anti-prostitution patrols, carried out under Operation Tressle, have been going on for a number of years.

In recent months, police have been using tough new criminal behaviour orders (CBOs) to target prostitutes and their clients. Suspicion is all that is needed to issue the first stage warning, which is then followed by a community protection notice if they are found in the area again.

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£100m for the victims of HBOS crooks who wrecked small firms for profit and blew millions on yachts and prostitutes

Published in The Daily Mail
7th April 2017


London
The victims of criminal HBOS bankers who wrecked small businesses for a profit are set to share £100million in compensation. Rogue financier Lynden Scourfield was supposed to be in charge of saving struggling companies at the lender's turnaround unit in Reading. But he and cronies instead broke up successful firms to strip their assets, spending the proceeds on sex parties with prostitutes, luxury holidays, watches and a £2million yacht called Powder Monkey.

The 54-year-old and his associates are all in prison – but the entrepreneurs whose livelihoods they destroyed are still waiting to get their money back.

Lloyds, which bought HBOS as it teetered on the edge of collapse in the depths of the financial crisis, has launched a review and set aside £100million to make things right.

Boss Antonio Horta-Osorio said: 'We are absolutely determined that victims of the crimes committed at HBOS Reading are fairly, swiftly and appropriately compensated.  We take responsibility for putting right the wrongs that were committed at HBOS Reading at the time.'

Scourfield forced firms which needed to borrow cash to use his friend David Mills's crooked consultancy business. They used threats and extortion to seize control of businesses, plundering their bank accounts and pocketing massive new loans granted in their name.  The proceeds were blown on living the high life. Scourfield celebrated with luxury holidays, trips on Mills's superyacht and sex with porn star-turned £250-an-hour escort Suzie Best. Meanwhile, scores of middle-class entrepreneurs lost their companies, homes, pensions and even marriages.

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