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Man and woman arrested on suspicion of running brothel from Sawbridgeworth naturist spa Clarklands



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Two people suspected of running a brothel at a spa in Sawbridgeworth were arrested as part of an operation by East Herts police.

Clarklands, a naturist spa and massage parlour in Parsonage Lane, was raided on Thursday December 16.

A 35-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of keeping a brothel. The man was also arrested for possessing suspected class A drugs. They were released and remain under investigation while enquiries continue.

One of the facilities at Clarklands naturist spa in Sawbridgeworth (54275529)
One of the facilities at Clarklands naturist spa in Sawbridgeworth (54275529)

The raid was part of Operation Advent, which was launched on December 1 and ran for 24 days to showcase some of the work done “day in, day out” by officers across the district.

In Bishop’s Stortford, three people were arrested and charged in connection with theft offences. Separately, a motorbike was seized following multiple reports that it was being used in a nuisance and anti-social manner in the town.

As well as the suspected spa brothel in Sawbridgeworth, officers addressed complaints about dangerous parking around schools in the town.

The 24-day Operation Advent showcased work done “day in, day out” by Safer Neighbourhood Team officers across East Herts
The 24-day Operation Advent showcased work done “day in, day out” by Safer Neighbourhood Team officers across East Herts

The East Herts Rural team seized five vehicles during a traffic operation. When a man from Cheshunt was stopped while driving through Standon, he was found to have ball bearings and eight dead pheasants in his vehicle.

After being interviewed by police, he was given a community protection warning. If he is caught hare coursing, lamping, poaching, trespassing in search of game or committing any associated anti-social behaviour in Hertfordshire or six neighbouring forces, further action will be taken against him.

The East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) also stepped up targeted interventions in Hertford, Ware and Stanstead Abbotts.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Collins said: “Your local SNT officers are dedicated to ensuring East Herts is a safe place to live, work and visit, and I am extremely proud of them.

Inspector Mark Collins leads the East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Teams, including Stortford and Sawbridgeworth
Inspector Mark Collins leads the East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Teams, including Stortford and Sawbridgeworth

“The aim of Operation Advent was to ‘open the door’ on just some of the varied policing activities these officers get involved with day in day out, all year round.

“We had some fantastic results throughout the operation and our work continues, with a particular focus on the new local policing priorities which have just been set.

“If there’s a particular area you think we should be focusing our efforts on, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Feedback and intelligence from members of the public are vitally important and we’re committed to working with residents to solve any issues for the long term.”

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