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‘We need your help to close brothels’

Published in The Echo
2nd January 2015

SOUTHEND’S police chief says he faces an uphill battle to get enough evidence to close down brothels under current laws, despite repeated complaints from residents.  Chief Insp Simon Anslow, district commander for Southend, responded to criticism from residents who reported a brothel was operating in London Road, Westcliff, in November, which they say is still operating.

He revealed it is just one of a number of suspected brothels being investigated in Southend, including one in Retreat Road, Westcliff, which was raided by police last month, after a resident raised fears for the safety of women in the property. He said: “We have had a number of reports of brothels in recent weeks and months.

“Most of these have raised concerns about antisocial behaviour surrounding the locations, with lots of people coming and going at different times of day, and the worry of what risks the prostitutes and clientele might bring to the area.  There is understandable frustration these locations continue to operate, however, the law does not allow for the police to simply close premises down on a suspicion it is a brothel.

“Where there are legitimate concerns prostitutes are being made to work against their will, we will act swiftly to gain access to the premises and check on the welfare of those inside.  This is action that we took in Retreat Road, Westcliff, recently and arrests were made. But this does not necessarily mean premises can then be closed.”

The Ab Fab Massage Parlour, in London Road, now called the Ab Fab Beauty Parlour, continues to attract men, who loiter around the premises at all hours say residents.  Southend Council stopped the operator using the flat above an empty shop as a massage parlour as it had no licence, but the council said it could legally do nomore and added it was a matter for police to deal with.


Police leaders face grilling over 'brothel'

Published in The Echo
1st January 2015

PEOPLE living near a Westcliff flat they claim is being used as a brothel say they plan to challenge Essex Police Crime Commissioner Nick Alston over the apparent lack of police action to shut it down. Almost two months ago, residents in London Road complained to police and Southend Council about the Ab Fab Massage Service, said to be operating from a flat above an empty shop in the road.

Since then, neighbours say nothing seems to have been done, leaving them still confronted by a string of men calling at the flat. One of the residents, who are reluctant to be named, told the Echo: “We are intending to question Nick Alston when he attends a public meeting with Chief Insp Simon Anslow on January 8, but we hope action can be taken before this meeting. A crime has been reported, evidence of the crime has been supplied and the address at which the crime is being committed every day has also been supplied.”

Neighbours say they believe at least two women at a time use the flat, with an older woman running the operation. The Ab Fab website is no longer working, with a noteice on it claiming it is “down for administration”. However, adverts for the service on other websites are still still offering “English mature lovelies for the discerning gentleman”.

When approached about the operation by the Echo at the end of November, an unnamed woman who claimed to be the owner, claimed it was a legal massage establishment, licensed by Southend Council.


Police officer quits after being arrested over claims he slept with prostitutes on duty

Published in The Manchester Evening News
31st December 2014

A city centre police officer has quit the force - after being accused of sleeping with prostitutes on duty. Pc Darren Bromley is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police’s standards unit and has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office.

Mr Bromley, 38, had been on restricted duties due to the allegations but quit two weeks ago. He is said to have got to know a number of prostitutes while patrolling the red light area of Manchester city centre. Suspicions were raised when he allegedly attended one of their homes - but was spotted by a worker who was already there from a different agency.

Altogether he is accused of having sex with three prostitutes while on duty. Mr Bromley, who is married, initially denied the allegations, it is understood. He has been bailed until February.

Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley, of GMP’s north division, said: “Prostitutes are vulnerable people and we will go to any lengths it takes to unearth any individuals guilty of this sort of thing and get them out of this organisation. Where possible we will push hard for a conviction against any police officer we find to be engaged in this type of activity.”

A police spokesman said: “GMP’s Professional Standards Branch are investigating three separate allegations that a police officer had a sexual relationship with three women whilst on duty. The offences took place on different occasions. A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. He remains on police bail until 4 February 2015. He was placed on restricted duties but has subsequently resigned.”