- Posted September 15, 2012 by
WILTSHIRE, United Kingdom
Bishopstone home tied to drugs and prostitution is raided by Swindon police
Swindon police arrested six people Thursday in a Bishopstone house that was tied to suspected drug activity and prostitution and that contained narcotics, erotic items, and a flier billing the residence as an after-hours party spot, authorities said.
Police said in a statement that the early-morning raid on the New Town lane building in Bishopstone came after neighbors complained about the property and after officers obtained a search warrant.
Police seized cash and assorted drug paraphernalia and narcotics, and officers “observed several sexually
theme instruments and costumes,” the statement said.
Police also said they found several people in various states of undress and under the influence of narcotics.
One of the women inside the home Susan Gail Lowry may be linked to an advertisement for an adult escort service and child pornography police said, and detectives from the Human Trafficking Unit are investigating whether children were being sexually exploited there.
Also during the search, officers discovered a flier that identified the property as an after-hours spot and which said, “Come party with us. $5 at the door,” according to the statement.
Officers arrested Scarlett Lowry; Jorgina Lowry; George Smith; and Peter John Bailey, all of Swindon, and two women, Susan Gail Lowry, Trisha Williams of Bishopstone, on various drug charges and outstanding warrants, police said.
Working telephone numbers for the suspects could not be located on Thursday night.
The city assessing website lists the property as a Hillsborough Day Nursery Limited. Telephone numbers for the property and for the listed owner were not in service late Thursday.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be pending, police said.
“In the interim, the Swindon Police would like to thank those members of the community for their assistance in this investigation,” the statement said.