Ipswich: Brothel owner made more than £350k from vice den

Police raid at Angels

Police raid at Angels - Credit: Archant

A BROTHEL owner who made more than £350,000 from his vice den has less than £2,400 which can be clawed back as proceeds of his crime.

Ipswich Crown Court has made a confiscation order against Danny Burrows, of Cherry Blossom Close, Pinewood, ordering him to hand over the £2,365 he has in realisable assets.

However, the benefit figure from the 63-year-old’s crime in running Angels brothel in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, was agreed to be £358,712.

Judge John Holt told Burrows he must repay the money he owes within six months. If he defaults he faces 45 days’ imprisonment.

Should police ever discover that Burrows comes into a substantial sum of money, they can take the matter back to court for a further confiscation order to be made.

Last October Burrows was sentenced at the crown court to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years

He was arrested following a police raid at Angels, which was close to the junction with Orchard Street.

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Burrows was manager of the sex parlour, while 71-year-old Peter Yallop, of St Clement’s Church Lane, assisted in its management.

When Angels was targeted in a series of raids in March 2011, four women were located there.

Burrows home was also raided at the same time, as was that of Yallop.

Around 50 officers were involved in the operation, codenamed Hackness, along with representatives from the fire service, Department of Work and Pensions, the Suffolk County Council Make a Change Team and British Gas

At Burrows’ sentencing, Judge David Goodin said: “I accept that the women who worked for the establishment you ran were not forcibly coerced into doing what they did.

“It is by its very nature exploiting human weaknesses of both sides of the gender divide. It is absolutely plain that you knew what was going on.”

Judge Goodin said he accepted that in the aftermath of the Ipswich killings the gaze of the world was focused on the town’s sex industry and it was widely accepted that working in a brothel was preferable to working on the streets.

But he added: “It does not make your offending any the less serious.”

Yallop had previously received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with a 12-month supervision requirement.

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