Residents complain to police over suspected brothel down their street

By Dave Speck in Local People

RESIDENTS in a street in Friern Barnet say their lives were being made a misery by men turning up throughout the day to visit "a brothel.”

The residents eventually complained to the police because of men pulling up in cars and walking up and down the street looking for the ground-floor flat on Bellvue Road, near the junction with Holly Park Road.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said men would sometimes knock on the wrong doors, during visits throughout the day and early evenings and at weekends.

She said: “We were worried about the girls inside and whether they were ok. They looked eastern European and you hear stories about people being brought to this country under false pretences and being bullied into doing things they don’t want to do.

“Last week we saw three girls getting into a car, all carrying suitcases and we wondered if they had been told to leave.”

Police at Barnet confirmed they had visited the flat and issued a warning to the occupants.

A police spokesman said: “Due to information and complaints we received regarding the possible misuse of a premise on Bellvue Road, officers from Barnet anti-social behaviour team attended the premises on Thursday February 2, 2017.

“There was evidence of the occupants providing a massage service, however, there was insufficient evidence to suggest any other service being provided.

“The police served on the three occupants a Community Protection Notice (CPN) and it is understood that the occupants have since moved from the address.”

*CPNs are imposed to prevent unreasonable behaviour that is having a negative impact on the quality of life of a local community. Failure to comply is an offence and may result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.

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