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Radford brothel shut down

A brothel in Nottingham has been shut down in the first closure of its kind in the East Midlands.

Complaints were made about the premises in Radford that led to action on Thursday 20th March when Police and council staff went to shut it down.

It now means that nobody can enter the address for the next three months.

Women, mainly of Chinese origin, were found working at the brothel.

The people who are ultimately running the brothels are not the women forced to work in them but organised criminal gangs making a profit from exploitation. They don’t care about the women, all they are interested in is the cash they make off the back of the people who are willing to pay."

“The women who end up working in brothels like this one, have often had threats made against their families. This leaves them they believe, with no other option but to cooperate with the criminals who set them up.It might be easy for ‘customers’ to believe it when the women are cooperative and willing but the reality is that these women are trapped and being put through a terrible ordeal.”

– Sergeant Neil Radford, Nottinghamshire Police


People return to homes evacuated following a suspected explosion

People who were evacuated from their homes following a suspected explosion in Radford have been allowed to return.

A number of local residents, and those who worked at nearby businesses, were asked to leave the area in Alfreton Road.

The road remains closed in both directions between Palin Street and Hartley Road.

It is thought the road will continue to be closed into the rush hour and motorists have been advised to avoid the area. The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

Two arrested over Coventry murder

Police investigating the discovery of the remains of a missing person from Coventry have arrested two people today on suspicion of his murder.

Hiralal Chuahan, who was 58 at the time of his disappearance three years ago, went missing from his home in Bowness Close, Radford.

Police had to use DNA testing to establish the identity of the remains, which were found in Wainbody Wood on Sunday

West Midlands Police are questioning a 43-year-old man and 34-year-old woman from an address in the Lower Coundon area of the city.

"Whilst I am pleased with the progress of the investigation, I am still convinced that there are witnesses who have not yet contacted the Police who may have vital information concerning Hiralal Chauhan being in those woods in the Spring of 2009.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who was a frequent visitor to Wainbody Wood both during and before 2009 who may hold what they think is insignificant information but may, in reality, be extremely beneficial to this murder enquiry"

– Detective Inspector Stuart Bell, West Midlands Police