Police shut down caravan following evidence of prostitution and human trafficking

A caravan has been shut down following evidence that it was being used for prostitution and human trafficking.

Notices were placed on the windows of the static caravan on Anglesey in north Wales after it was closed down by officers.

North Wales Police were initially granted a 48-hour closure notice at Manaw Farm in the village of Bodedern after it was raided this week.

Magistrates in Caernarfon granted a three-month closure order after officers showed evidence it had been associated with prostitution and human trafficking "over a prolonged period of time".

Detective Sergeant Andrew Davies said: "This order demonstrates that we have listened to the concerns of those living in the locality and it sends out a message to those individuals who wish to engage in acts of criminality within the community, that their actions are having a major impact and disrupting the peaceful lives of innocent members of the public."

The closure order was made under Section 79 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

This allows magistrates to order the closure of a property if convinced it is connected with criminality.

The closure order is being increasingly used by the force as it tackles human trafficking, anti-social behaviour and so-called "cuckoo" properties - where county lines drug gangs prey on vulnerable people and use their homes as a base for dealing.

DS Davies added: "We will continue to take action against those who engage in such activity and in doing so, disrupt the lives of others within the community."