Merseyside Police has closed two properties in Birkenhead using
powers under the Sexual Offences Act.
The properties are 65a Grange Road East, CH41 5FD (Mr Magoos)
and 65b Grange Road East
The applications were made before Judge Abelson, sitting at
Wirral Magistrates Court on 24th July 2014. The
application was made by Police after three people were charged with
keeping a brothel following the execution of a number of warrants
in Birkenhead in June 2014.
They have been bailed to appear before Wirral Magistrates on
Friday, 8 August.
The Court was satisfied that within the period of 3 months,
ending on 11th July 2014 (the day on which the issue of
the Closure Notice was authorised by Superintendent 8356 Richard
Davies) the premises of 65a and 65b were used for activities
related to one or more specified prostitution offences,
1. Causing or inciting prostitution for gain (Section 52 of the
Sexual Offences Act 2003)
2. Controlling prostitution for gain (Section 53 of the Sexual
Offences Act 2003).
The Court was satisfied that the making of the Closure Orders
were necessary to prevent the premises being used for activities
related to one or more specified prostitution offences during the
Members of the Merseyside Police 7 Beats Project Team, using
information from various sources and with the support of Wirral
Council attached the Closure Orders on the premises shortly after
The Closure Orders state that:
1.Name and address of affected premises:
65a Grange Road East, Birkenhead CH41 5FD (Mr Magoo's)
65b Grange Road East, Birkenhead CH41 5FD
On application of the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police
2. The above shown premises are subject to a CLOSURE
ORDER under Section 136D of the Sexual Offences
3. The Court is satisfied that the making of the Closure Order
is necessary to prevent the two premises being used for
activities related to one or more specified prostitution offences
during the period specified in this Order.
This closure order prohibits anyone from remaining on or
entering and to do so will render them liable to arrest.
Acting Sgt 6560 McNamee stated: "This is the first property in
Birkenhead to be closed using this legislation which is designed
specifically to target brothels that are make illegal financial
"These Closure Orders are part of a comprehensive approach to
the policing of prostitution at these properties. Other
interventions have been executed such as warrants, arrests
resulting in subsequent charges and convictions as a result of
prostitution related activities at these addresses.
"This process was a team effort, which involved members of
Merseyside Police and Wirral Council all working together to
achieve one goal."