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Hounslow brothel owners who restarted the business while on police bail jailed

Published by Get West London
26th July 2017


London
Hounslow brothel owners who reopened their £400,000 business while on police bail have been jailed. The brothel which had been running for years at 33 Kingsley Road in Hounslow was raided by police on June 28, 2016.

Police arrested six people, who were released on bail, but they soon reopened the brothel before moving to a different address in Woodridge Close, Bedfont. Police raided the second brothel in 153 Woodridge Close, Bedfont on November 16, 2016.

Carl Smith, a 55-year-old man who claimed to be a bus driver, owned and ran the brothel with his partner, Tasleem Yasim, 47. The couple are thought to have earned more than £400,000 in the six years they ran the brothels and were both sentenced to 27 months in prison at Isleworth Crown Court on June 14.

Clare Gill, 36, Katherine Myles, 34, and Zoe Fenwick, 31, worked at the brothel as "maids" but were managing the day to day operations there. The trio were each given sentences of nine, eight and six months respectively, all suspended for two years.

Archibold Mensah, a 28-year-old "security man" who supplied cannabis, has been jailed for a total term of eight months after activating a prior suspended sentence. He was jailed at Isleworth Crown Court on July 13.

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Lifesaving bid woman guilty of Bournemouth brothel charge

Published by The BBC
26th July 2017


Dorset
A woman who tried to save a man's life at a brothel has been found guilty of helping to run the establishment. Christy Norman, 70, from Poole, Dorset, told a court she dialled 999 and performed CPR while everyone else fled.

The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP), which supported her, said she was only a cleaner working two days a week at the brothel in Bournemouth.

Norman denied assisting in the brothel's management but was found guilty at Poole Magistrates' Court. She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £400 court costs.

Cari Mitchell, from the ECP, said the "traumatised" defendant was only guilty of trying to save a life. Ms Mitchell, who was present in court, said: "It is a terrible injustice that a woman who performed a civic duty by trying to save another human being should find herself with a criminal record.

"Shame on the police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the judge. If they had any morals or were in anyway concerned for women's safety this prosecution would never have been brought."

The man had asked to come and sit in the Bunnies Ranch premises on 19 May 2016 after feeling unwell, the court heard. He then collapsed and Norman spent eight minutes performing CPR before paramedics and police officers arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Norman was later arrested and charged.

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Politicians and police fight prostitution in Barking and Ilford at mosque meeting

Published in The Barking & Dagenham Post
24th July 2017


London
On Friday, July 21, the Barking MP visited the mosque in Victoria Road, Barking, to speak with worshippers who say they are intimidated by organised criminals operating. Joined by Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal, she said police had been working hard to make the area safer after complaints in June that Ilford Lane, Ilford, and Victoria Road remained hotspots of antisocial behaviour after almost a decade of sex workers using in the area.

“Things are starting to move and action is being taken,” she said. “I did think this was a problem we’d dealt with but it looks as if it’s come back.”

Barking and Dagenham Council’s cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, Cllr Laila Butt, was also present after she and colleagues met with Redbridge councillors that morning.

Addressing concerned residents, Cllr Athwal said the two councils were working together to make Ilford and Barking safer, rather than just pushing prostitution out of one borough and into another. “Every time we’ve chased prostitutes from Redbridge, they’ve gone across the border to Barking,” he said. “We now have joined-up policing and at the meeting this morning we discussed how both councils can take things forward.”

And Cllr Butt said she’d already seen an increased police presence as officers use both covert and public policing to protect residents who have grown impatient with crime levels. “I’ve been up and down Ilford Lane and I’ve already noticed the change,” she said. “We need to give the police a chance.”

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