Added on 04 December 2017 at 12:35
We’ve successfully obtained a closure order for Butterfly’s Massage Parlour in Weston-super-Mare after obtaining evidence it was operating as a brothel.
Following a police investigation, which culminated in a warrant being executed at the premises in Alexandra Parade last month, officers applied for a closure order under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The closure order was granted at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court this morning and the premises will now be closed for three months. This order means no-one is allowed to enter the premises for this time period.
There was no-one in court representing Butterfly’s and the order was not contested.
DS Mark Probert said: “We’re pleased the court agreed with us that this premises should be shut for three months, which is the maximum amount of time we can apply for.
“This is an important stage of our investigation into Butterfly’s and a criminal inquiry is still very much under way.
“Our Anti-Social Behaviour officers helped compile the closure order application, which included evidence of prostitution taking place at this premises within the last three months.
“We hope today’s positive result shows we remain committed to protecting the vulnerable and exploited and will take action whenever we have the evidence to do so.”
If anyone has information which could help our investigation, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5217262241