Brothel boss wins cash claim battle

Blackpool Magistrates Court. / VIEW
Blackpool Magistrates Court. / VIEW
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A BLACKPOOL woman has won her battle against a proceeds of crime application involving £963,000.

A court was told proceedings against Joanne Andrew, of Brun Grove, South Shore, had been halted at Lancaster Crown Court.

The decision was revealed when 43-year-old Andrew appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Andrew was last year convicted of running a brothel at Natalie’s Sauna on Topping Street.

Her latest appearance involved driving matters. She pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and driving while using a mobile phone on Topping Street.

She was fined a total a £250 after the court was told by her lawyer Trevor Colebourne a Proceeds of Crime Application (POCA) involving the alleged £963,000 earned from running the brothel had been withdrawn.

In July last year, Andrew admitted four charges relating to Natalie’s.

She was sentenced to 36 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and told she to perform 80 hours unpaid work in the community as part of her sentence.

After last year’s case Blackpool Council, who brought the prosecution, called the sauna operation “big business”.

POCA hearings are held in an effort by authorities to reclaim profits from crime.