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Male escort 'introduced girls' to mobster pimp Sicarius McGrath

Published in The Liverpool Echo
14th March 2017


Merseyside
A male escort used his contacts in the industry to introduce two women to gangster pimp Sicarius McGrath - who put them to work in his Preston brothel. Neil Horncastle, 39, said he “turned a blind eye” to whether McGrath would advertise the women for sex.

McGrath, who changed his name to Sicarius, meaning ‘assassin’ by deed poll, was jailed for 18 months in December after being convicted of running a brothel from a leafy suburban street in Preston’s conservation zone - after being thrown out of Liverpool under a gang injunction.

Now Horncastle, of Clover Drive, Birkenhead , has been handed a suspended sentence after admitting he introduced women to McGrath.

Judge James Adkin, sentencing, said: “You were enjoying life as a time to time escort in Birkenhead. McGrath was running a brothel in Fulwood, Preston. Sicarius McGrath contacted you, you having contacts in the industry, to provide details. You accept you provided such details by text. You sent him pictures of the women, you provided transportation and provided payment to one of the women through your bank account.

“Sicarius McGrath is a violent criminal. You knew that but nonetheless you exposed these women to his sphere of influence where they were undoubtedly at risk of exploitation by him and others.”

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High Wycombe controversial clampdown on prostitutes

Published in The Bucks Free Press
14th March 2017


Buckinghamshire
A controversial clampdown on prostitutes and people drinking in the streets is now in force across High Wycombe. The new measures, which will allow police and council workers to fine people up to £1,000, were first mooted last year by Wycombe District Council after the authorities were criticised for not dealing with anti-social behaviour across the town.

Signs were installed in the areas in which the orders will be in force last week, with the use of the new government Public Spaces Protection Orders limited to High Wycombe town centre, The Rye and the Desborough Road area.

During a 2016 consultation, 86 per cent of people who responded said alcohol related anti-social behaviour is a problem in the area, while 71 per cent believed there was an issue with prostitution.

Feedback from the consultation meant banned areas for sex workers will be expanded from Desborough Avenue to Victoria Street, from Desborough Road to Wendover Street and from Westbourne Street to Bridge Street and Mendy Street.

Kerb crawlers and other crimes relating to prostitution will also be covered by the ban.

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Watford brothel owner Sydney Walsh jailed

Published in The Watford Observer
14th March 2017


Hertfordshire
A man has been handed a prison sentence after admitting keeping a brothel in Watford.

Back in November, police officers raided a property on Market Street following complaints of anti-social behaviour and concerns that it was being used as a brothel.

They arrested 57-year-old Sydney Walsh on suspicion of managing a brothel and possession of class A (cocaine) and class B (cannabis) drugs.

Walsh admitted one count of control prostitution for gain, and one count of keeping a brothel, at Harrow Crown Court on February 10.

Five further counts were ordered to rest on file.

Walsh was sentenced to 12 months in prison for keeping a brothel – reduced from 18 months for submitting an early guilty plea – and nine months for the control prostitution offence. He will serve both sentences concurrently.