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Preston owner of Salford brothel to return £750,000

A Preston man convicted of running a brothel has been ordered to pay almost £750,000 to the police.

John Burrows, 53, of Hough Clough Lane, Chipping, was ordered to hand over the cash after a hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court on Tuesday.

Burrows pleaded guilty to managing Swinton's World Famous Babes Gentlemen's Club in June 2009.

He was sentenced to 10 months, suspended for 18 months.

Police raided Burrows' premises in June 2007, following numerous complaints that what was reported to be a health studio was being used as a brothel.

As a result of Burrows' conviction, financial investigators sifted through all his business dealings.

Steve Taylor, senior investigator at the NW Regional Asset Recovery Team, said: "This result sends a powerful message to the people of Salford - we will take decisive action if we have evidence a brothel is being run.

"Burrows enjoyed a lavish lifestyle from the exploitation of young women. He has a property portfolio that will now have to be sold to fund this repayment."

The cash will be paid to Greater Manchester Police Authority.

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