Police have uncovered two brothels in a Buckinghamshire community as part of a crackdown on crime against women.

Last week, officers in the Aylesbury Vale were focused particularly on making communities safer for women and girls.

As part of their activities, officers identified two brothels in the area. After visiting both, sex workers were safeguarded and a closure order was enacted on one of the properties.

Officers also carried about a variety of other activities, including visiting registered sex offenders to check they are complying with their orders.

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Former victims of domestic violence were also visited by officers providing additional support and advice.

Test purchasing operations were carried out where sixth-form students tried to buy alcohol and book hotel rooms while accompanied by older men.

Events were also held where people in the community had the chance to ask officers questions and raise concerns.

Chief Inspector Robb Webb, Deputy Commander for Aylesbury Vale local policing area, said: “In Aylesbury Vale as well as across the Thames Valley, ensuring women and girls feel safe here is a priority for us all.

“Our week of action focused attention to make real strides in bringing those committing violent and predatory offences to justice and making spaces safer, with the support of our partners.

“We are committed to continuing the work that has been started here with our partners as well as with local residents and businesses. Only by working together will we be able to make a substantial, long-term change to those who choose to hurt women and girls and intentionally make them feel uncomfortable.”

“If you have been a victim, please report this to us either online or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

“If there are areas in the Aylesbury Vale where you feel unsafe, we want to know about this. You can tell us anonymously by reporting online via StreetSafe. We review all reports with our local partners to identify areas that need improvement as they are causing concern to our local communities.”