A SUSPECTED brothel was at the centre of a police investigation today after officers raided a Maidenhead flat.

Police stormed inside the building and found a 38-year-old woman inside, she was quickly arrested on suspicion of running a brothel and escorted off of the premises.

Officers slapped a 48-hour closure notice on the building after they found materials which suggested the flat could have been used for a sex business and they will later seek a permanent closure order from magistrates' court.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “Officers executed the warrant supported by staff from the UK Border Agency and accompanied by members of the Rahab charity, which helps to care for women affected by prostitution and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

“A 48-hour closure notice has been served on the premises, while officers seek a closure order at court. A closure notice is used to protect victims and communities by quickly closing premises which are used, or are likely to be used, to commit nuisance or disorder.”

The woman found inside the property in Regents Court, King Street, Maidenhead, earlier this morning was arrested and taken into police custody to be quizzed by officers.

Police Constable Philip Collings, leading the investigation, said: “This was a successful outcome for the warrant and we appreciate the patience of the local community during the operation.

“We are working closely with our partners as the investigation progresses and will seek to apply for a closure order for the premises. In the meantime, if anyone has any concerns or information relating to the warrant, please call police on the non-emergency number 101.”