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Brothel opens in Belsize Park

PUBLISHED: 13:17 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 07 September 2010

Ben McPartland A SLEAZY brothel has opened up in the heart of leafy Belsize Park, leaving some residents shocked and others amused. The sex den, which opened up in Fellows Road in recent weeks, was soon noticed by residents after the comings and goings of

Ben McPartland

A SLEAZY brothel has opened up in the heart of leafy Belsize Park, leaving some residents shocked and others amused.

The sex den, which opened up in Fellows Road in recent weeks, was soon noticed by residents after the comings and goings of clients.

They became concerned by the number of clients arriving throughout the day and night and alerted their local Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

Inspector Steve Burrell from Camden Police confirmed a brothel had opened up on Fellows Road but said when officers visited the property there was no one there.

"We need to gather evidence so we will have to wait and keep an eye on it. There have been a number of complaints about it but not a load," he said.

"We have also contacted the landlord to try and find out who exactly should be living there."

Most residents on the road reacted in shock at the thought a brothel was operating in the neighbourhood.

"Wow, that really would be a piece of news," said one lady who asked not to be named.

"This area is very family orientated so you would not expect that around here."

Belsize Park Lib Dem councillor Alexis Rowell was also surprised to hear a brothel had sprung up in his ward.

"This is news to me," he said. "I haven't come across pros-titution in Belsize Park before.

"It's not great but it happens and as the recession kicks in I thi-nk we will see more of it. When people lose their jobs they will fall back on what they can sell.

"Personally, I am against prostitution. I think the Swedish model, where they make it illegal for men to buy sex, is the one we should be imitating.

"This is not something I want to see happening in Belsize."

But resident Jeanette Clarke said: "The fact that I haven't noticed it means it's fine by me. If I don't know about then it's obviously not particularly doing any harm.

"I don't see it as being dangerous and I am not scared by it. I suppose there is still that unsavoury side to it.

"I am also quite amused by it. You can't help but think well done! If their clients are judges and magistrates then that is fine, it will bring some money into the area."

Another resident Gayatri Ramasamy said: "I know this is a posh area but this is London so this type of thing happens here. People will do anything for money."

But Carrie Kaye, who works as a nanny on the Fellows Road, said: "I am against brothels. They will bring bad people into the area.

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