Ipswich: Two arrested in raid on alleged Woodbridge Road vice den

IPSWICH: Two men suspected of running a brothel are on bail today after police raided an alleged Ipswich vice den.

The suspects, including a 70-year-old man, were arrested after officers swooped at Angels in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, which advertises itself locally as offering a ‘premier massage service’.

Two other properties near the town centre and one in the Pinewood area, were also searched as part of the inquiry.

Another team of officers also executed a search warrant at a house in the Bungay area.

Around 50 officers were involved in the operation, codenamed Hackness, along with representatives from the fire service, Department of Work and Pensions, the Suffolk County Council Make a Change Team and British Gas.

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Three men were arrested as a result of the raids, which occurred yesterday lunchtime.

A 61-year-old from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to keep a brothel for prostitution, controlling prostitution for gain, money laundering and extracting electricity.

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The 70-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to keep a brothel for prostitution, controlling prostitution for gain, money laundering, abstracting electricity and production of cannabis.

The pair were taken to Ipswich police station for questioning before being released on bail, pending further enquiries.

A 34-year-old man from Great Yarmouth, who was found at massage parlour, was also arrested on suspicion of paying for sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force.

Four alleged victims were located during the raids and have been interviewed by specially trained staff.

After the raids Detective Inspector Stuart Sowerby, the officer in charge of the operation, said: “I am very pleased with what has taken place.

“The warrants and arrests took a lot of hard work by officers in Ipswich to identify premises that we suspect are being used to sexually exploit women and those suspected of running them.

“We were able to locate and engage with a number of suspected victims.

“Suffolk Police will continue to carry out these operations where we have information to suggest that sex workers are being exploited, where community complaints have been received or where we believe human trafficking is taking place.”

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