Busy Police Officers In The Cafe Havent Got A Clue Whats Going On
A brothel was run for up to four years virtually under the nose of the police, a court heard.
The business, run as both the Toucan Club and the Gourmet Club in Chorley Road, Swinton, was just half a mile from the local police station.
But the real purpose of the club was not discovered until officers executed a search warrant at the club in May 2009. When arrested brothel ‘Madam’ Vivian Waxford claimed police had known what was going on there. But Minshull Street Crown Court was told that police were unaware it was being used for prostitution.
Waxford, 62, who pleaded guilty to running a brothel, was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and 150 hours’ community service. Lisa Boocock, prosecuting, said Waxford had worked there firstly as receptionist and then as manageress of the business.
When police raided the premises, a pornographic film was playing in the reception area, and women were acting in a sexual manner. Officers posed as customers to confirm their suspicions about the nature of the club, and when a warrant card was produced, Waxford was said to have been clearly surprised.
The court was told Waxman had twice before been before the courts facing offences in connection with running a brothel - once in 1976 and once in 1990.
RWB spoke to Gary Tumulty and Keith Fairhurst, who, in fits of laughter, couldn't believe that the police were unaware of the nature of the club. ' I haven't heard anything so funny in ages' said Mr Tumulty. ' The police didn't know that the premises were being used for sexual services? pull the other one, it's got bells on.
Keith Fairhurst added, ' I find it hard to believe that the police were unaware of what the property was being used for, especially when it's well documented that mason police officers like to frequent such establishments. Perhaps the GMP top brass don't like Salford "Top Brass" ?