03:04AM, Wednesday 21 November 2012
A suspected brothel in Maidenhead which was raided on Thursday night was 'well known' to neighbours and members of the community.
Police executed a warrant on the house in Cookham Road as part of eight raids which took place across the Thames Valley on the same night under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
A 38-year-old man has been released on police bail until December 13 after being arrested on suspicion of managing or assisting in the managing of a brothel and more than £1,000 in cash was seized from the house.
The warrant was part of Thames Valley Police's Operation Sentinel, which is targeting organised crime, and saw suspected brothels in Slough, Reading, Newbury and Milton Keynes raided.
A total of nine people were arrested and more than £12,000 was seized.
Police confirmed the raid on the Cookham Road house, which was carried out at just before 7pm, involved 19 officers and two riot vans.
Eyewitnesses described seeing women being led out of the house and placing suitcases in the back of a police car.
Neighbours said they regularly saw men going in and out of the house and said the property had been known as a brothel for 'two or three years'.
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