Brothel charges

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A WOMAN has pleaded not guilty to running a brothel in St Helens.

Ava Swift, 52, denied a charge of keeping or managing a brothel at the D2 unit on Jackson Street’s Eastside Industrial Estate at a preliminary hearing before Liverpool Crown Court on Monday (March 7).

The defendant, of Liverpool Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, was released on unconditional bail prior to a five to seven day trial due to start in early June.

Swift stands accused of keeping or managing a brothel on the industrial estate between January 2007 and May 2010.

As reported at the time, police used legislation recently added to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to close the D2 unit following raids in May and October last year.

Signs outside the unit had described it as a massage parlour and sunbed shop.

The closure was a culmination of a long-term police investigation, which arose following previous warrants executed at the property.