Ongoing immigration investigation leads to brothel closure

Chinese woman arrested for immigration offences

13th July 2010: Challenging criminal activity associated with immigration crime, the UK Border Agency has used `new powers to close down brothels’ for the first time in the North of England on 9 July.

The UKBA’s North West immigration crime team, which includes seconded police officers working alongside its officers, successfully obtained a new brothel closure order for 2 Derby Street, Preston, which was targeted as part of an ongoing immigration investigation.

A Chinese woman found at the premises was arrested for immigration offences and is currently detained pending her removal.

Acting on intelligence, officers from the immigration crime team worked alongside the local neighbourhood policing team from Lancashire Police to gather evidence to ensure the closure of this brothel using new legislation for the first time in the North of England.

John Wilkinson, Detective Sergeant, immigration crime team in the North-West, said:

‘We are proud that we have successfully closed this brothel. We will continue to challenge criminal activity associated with immigration crime and seek to prosecute those involved.

‘Results such as the closure of this brothel demonstrate the strength of police officers working alongside the UK Border Agency to tackle immigration related crime that is a scourge on our communities.’

Brothel closure orders are designed to allow police forces and local authorities, working in consultation with each other, to take rapid and effective action against activity that causes great harm to individuals and communities.

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