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Man jailed over brothels in Cambridge, Berkshire and Surrey

David Hemming
Image caption David Hemming pleaded guilty to managing brothels

A man has been jailed for his part in running brothels in Cambridgeshire, Berkshire and Surrey.

David Hemming, 53, of Hemel Hempstead, was jailed for 40 months at a hearing at Reading Crown Court.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to keep brothels following raids in June 2011. He has already spent 284 days in custody.

Hemming is the fourth person to be jailed in connection with the case.

Three people have previously been sentenced.

Passing sentence, the judge called Hemming the "founding father" of the operation.

He said he ran "a sophisticated business, designed to be operated as such - with cash flow, spreadsheets and forecasts".

Ai Su, 35, of Abbey Barn Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire was jailed for 30 months.

Manjit Singh, 35, of Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Berkshire, was imprisoned for 28 months and also received nine months for breaching a suspended sentence order.

Kun Yi He, of Chessington, Surrey, was jailed for three-and-a-half years. The 39-year-old, formerly of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was identified by the agency as the head of the network.

Reading Crown Court heard that 10 sites were used as brothels over a three-year period, including addresses in Cambridge, Maidenhead, Slough, Wokingham and Godalming.

If one location was shut down, another would open in the same area.

Su acted as a "call centre", answering inquires for all the brothels and telling clients what was on offer, then directing them to premises, the court was told.

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