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Call girl WPC Victoria Thorne leads police to prostitution ring

A CALL girl police officer's saucy online adverts led police in the North East to smash a prostitution ring.

A long-running investigation by Northumbria Police has brought down a sex business with brothels all over the North of England and links to other criminal activities.

Neil Lock and his wife Natalie reportedly raked in more than £15,000 a week through their Notorious Girls escort agency, money which paid for the couple's lavish lifestyle.

But when Northumbria Police officer Victoria Thorne advertised her "services" on the agency's website, for £100 an hour, it sparked an 18-month probe, which would eventually close down the Locks' business, and land them behind bars.

The PC, whose posed in saucy lingerie on the site, became the subject of an investigation by detectives from the force's integrity unit. And evidence linking her to the Locks, of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, sparked a huge investigation into organised crime throughout the North, involving Northumbria, Cleveland, Greater Manchester and Lothian and Borders police forces.

The covert corruption probe, codenamed Operation Reiver, led police to charge seven people suspected of playing a role in the sex ring, which ran brothels in rented homes across over the North East, North West and Scotland.

Thorne, 29, from Washington, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office earlier this year and is now behind bars waiting to be sentenced.

The Locks, both 28, admitted conspiracy to control prostitution for gain and conspiracy to manage brothels, and are also behind bars.

Neil Lock's father Nigel Lock, 60, of Crescent Road, Manchester, admitted keeping a brothel, NG House in Bury, Lancashire - between January, 2006, and November, 2008.

Alan Bartle, 53, of Hollinhill, Winlaton, Gateshead, and Osher Marks, 57, of Ravensworth Place, Gateshead, each admitted a single count of keeping a brothel. The seventh defendant, Kevin Dixon, 41, of Masefield Avenue, Swalwell, Gateshead walked free from court yesterday, after two conspiracy counts - both of which he denied - were dropped.

Det Insp Gary Robson, of Northumbria Police's crime department, who led the probe, said the long operation meant that people who made a living running brothels in the North East were now behind bars.

"These convictions are the result of a long and complex investigation into organised crime throughout the North of England conducted by Northumbria Police with help from Lothian and Borders, Cleveland and Greater Manchester forces," he said.

"The people we targeted weren't the prostitutes themselves or those who visit them, but the organised criminals who ran the operations and made a great deal of money preying on the vulnerability and misery of others.

Neil Lock, had been running Notorious Girls as an escort agency, for a number of years. But it was the probe into the actions of Thorne that revealed the true extent of the couple's business.

Police gathered evidence that the couple had links with brothels in the North West, Teesside and Tyne and Wear. Many were in rented houses in residential areas sandwiched between family homes. The brothels would run until neighbours became suspicious and then be would moved elsewhere.

Neil Lock and his wife Natalie ran the business, which covered both the North East and Lancashire. Many of the properties they used were organised by landlord Osher Marks. Bartle helped in running a brothel in Manchester.

Det Insp Robson added: "Our inquiry has uncovered drug-dealing, money-laundering and access to unauthorised firearms. People like Lock were making huge amounts of money from this and used the proceeds of these crimes to fund a lavish and extravagant lifestyle. The brothels we uncovered during the investigation were residential properties, often in streets with families living on either side."

Neil Lock also admitted a further count of aiding and abetting Victoria Thorne's misconduct in public office between February 20 2007 and August 11 2008.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a shotgun without a certificate and possession of liquid Ecstasy.

Natalie Lock also admitted perverting the course of justice by contacting witnesses to encourage them to give a false account. The case against all defendants was adjourned and they will all be sentenced at a date to be fixed.

SEXY shots on a seedy website exposed the double life of PC Victoria Thorne.

While wearing the uniform of Northumbria Police she was employed to uphold the law and look after the public's safety.

But once she slipped into her lingerie she became "Kelly", a sexy vice-girl, who was always "eager to please".

Thorne appeared on the Notorious Girls website in a series of provocative poses.

But clients hoping to live out a police woman fantasy with the PC would have been disappointed.

She said she refused to wear a uniform or entertain clients from Sunderland - the area she worked in for Northumbria Police.

The Notorious Girls website, which has now been closed, offered punters a choice of around 70 girls.

It boasted: "We promote the finest selection of escorts throughout the North East and North West.

"Notorious Girls offer the finest value for money and exceptional professionalism. They possess natural beauty, intelligence and are very enthusiastic about their chosen career.

"Rest assured that high quality is for certain and your satisfaction is guaranteed."

Thorne was working as a PC based in Houghton-le-Spring when her 'second job' was discovered. She was arrested last August by her colleagues from Northumbria Police integrity unit.

Det Insp Andy Jones, from the unit said: "Our objective was to bring to justice not only the corrupted officer but also the corrupter, Neil Lock, and with the help of the crime department colleagues proved the full extent of their combined criminality.

"The overwhelming majority of Northumbria Police officers and staff demonstrate the highest standards of conduct and professionalism. The public should have real confidence that the force has robust systems in place to take action if it is suspected those standards are not maintained.

"In this case Vicky Thorne showed complete disregard for those standards and paid the price through the loss of her career and freedom."

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Call girl WPC Victoria Thorne leads police to prostitution ring

A CALL girl police officer’s saucy online adverts led police in the North East to smash a prostitution ring.

A long-running investigation by Northumbria Police has brought down a sex business with brothels all over the North of England and links to other criminal activities.

Neil Lock and his wife Natalie reportedly raked in more than £15,000 a week through their Notorious Girls escort agency, money which paid for the couple’s lavish lifestyle.

But when Northumbria Police officer Victoria Thorne advertised her “services” on the agency’s website, for £100 an hour, it sparked an 18-month probe, which would eventually close down the Locks’ business, and land them behind bars.

The PC, whose posed in saucy lingerie on the site, became the subject of an investigation by detectives from the force’s integrity unit. And evidence linking her to the Locks, of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, sparked a huge investigation into organised crime throughout the North, involving Northumbria, Cleveland, Greater Manchester and Lothian and Borders police forces.

The covert corruption probe, codenamed Operation Reiver, led police to charge seven people suspected of playing a role in the sex ring, which ran brothels in rented homes across over the North East, North West and Scotland.

Thorne, 29, from Washington, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office earlier this year and is now behind bars waiting to be sentenced.

The Locks, both 28, admitted conspiracy to control prostitution for gain and conspiracy to manage brothels, and are also behind bars.

Neil Lock’s father Nigel Lock, 60, of Crescent Road, Manchester, admitted keeping a brothel, NG House in Bury, Lancashire – between January, 2006, and November, 2008.

Alan Bartle, 53, of Hollinhill, Winlaton, Gateshead, and Osher Marks, 57, of Ravensworth Place, Gateshead, each admitted a single count of keeping a brothel. The seventh defendant, Kevin Dixon, 41, of Masefield Avenue, Swalwell, Gateshead walked free from court yesterday, after two conspiracy counts – both of which he denied – were dropped.

Det Insp Gary Robson, of Northumbria Police’s crime department, who led the probe, said the long operation meant that people who made a living running brothels in the North East were now behind bars.

“These convictions are the result of a long and complex investigation into organised crime throughout the North of England conducted by Northumbria Police with help from Lothian and Borders, Cleveland and Greater Manchester forces,” he said.

“The people we targeted weren’t the prostitutes themselves or those who visit them, but the organised criminals who ran the operations and made a great deal of money preying on the vulnerability and misery of others.

Neil Lock, had been running Notorious Girls as an escort agency, for a number of years. But it was the probe into the actions of Thorne that revealed the true extent of the couple’s business.

Police gathered evidence that the couple had links with brothels in the North West, Teesside and Tyne and Wear. Many were in rented houses in residential areas sandwiched between family homes. The brothels would run until neighbours became suspicious and then be would moved elsewhere.

Neil Lock and his wife Natalie ran the business, which covered both the North East and Lancashire. Many of the properties they used were organised by landlord Osher Marks. Bartle helped in running a brothel in Manchester.

Det Insp Robson added: “Our inquiry has uncovered drug-dealing, money-laundering and access to unauthorised firearms. People like Lock were making huge amounts of money from this and used the proceeds of these crimes to fund a lavish and extravagant lifestyle. The brothels we uncovered during the investigation were residential properties, often in streets with families living on either side.”

Neil Lock also admitted a further count of aiding and abetting Victoria Thorne’s misconduct in public office between February 20 2007 and August 11 2008.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a shotgun without a certificate and possession of liquid Ecstasy.

Natalie Lock also admitted perverting the course of justice by contacting witnesses to encourage them to give a false account. The case against all defendants was adjourned and they will all be sentenced at a date to be fixed.

SEXY shots on a seedy website exposed the double life of PC Victoria Thorne.

While wearing the uniform of Northumbria Police she was employed to uphold the law and look after the public’s safety.

But once she slipped into her lingerie she became “Kelly”, a sexy vice-girl, who was always “eager to please”.

Thorne appeared on the Notorious Girls website in a series of provocative poses.

But clients hoping to live out a police woman fantasy with the PC would have been disappointed.

She said she refused to wear a uniform or entertain clients from Sunderland – the area she worked in for Northumbria Police.

The Notorious Girls website, which has now been closed, offered punters a choice of around 70 girls.

It boasted: “We promote the finest selection of escorts throughout the North East and North West.

“Notorious Girls offer the finest value for money and exceptional professionalism. They possess natural beauty, intelligence and are very enthusiastic about their chosen career.

“Rest assured that high quality is for certain and your satisfaction is guaranteed.”

Thorne was working as a PC based in Houghton-le-Spring when her ‘second job’ was discovered. She was arrested last August by her colleagues from Northumbria Police integrity unit.

Det Insp Andy Jones, from the unit said: “Our objective was to bring to justice not only the corrupted officer but also the corrupter, Neil Lock, and with the help of the crime department colleagues proved the full extent of their combined criminality.

“The overwhelming majority of Northumbria Police officers and staff demonstrate the highest standards of conduct and professionalism. The public should have real confidence that the force has robust systems in place to take action if it is suspected those standards are not maintained.

“In this case Vicky Thorne showed complete disregard for those standards and paid the price through the loss of her career and freedom.”

I'm thinking that she's been pretty hard done by here and that she should have fought it as the charge of "misconduct in a public office" is described by the CPS as a charge that should be used in very serious cases where it it the most appropriate charge available (a life sentence is the max available FFS which gives an idea of the weight of this charge) and gives examples of a police officer who beats up a suspect saying

"So for example, an assault by a police officer committed while on duty could also arguably be misconduct in public office, but the appropriate assault charge would provide the court with adequate sentencing powers and the ability to take into account the breach of trust by the officer as an aggravating factor"

It also mentions perverting the course of justice and always seems to talk in terms of other charges being possibly available.

which seems to suggest that whatever the "public officer" does has to be a criminal offence in of itself. For this woman to prostitute herself is not illegal, so how can they argue it was a very serious matter? The fact is there is no other offence in the british judicial system that makes anything she did illegal in any way. No one knew she was a police officer when looking at the site, her face was obscured, and I really can't see how this fits in with the CPS guidance for a charge of "misconduct in a public office"

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/

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Det Insp Gary Robson, of Northumbria Police's crime department, who led the probe, said the long operation meant that people who made a living running brothels in the North East were now behind bars.

Well, the good citizens of the North East will be able to sleep soundly in their beds tonight :D

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Well, the good citizens of the North East will be able to sleep soundly in their beds tonight :D

And another burden has been placed on the taxpayers of England.

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And another burden has been placed on the taxpayers of England.

So possession of a shotgun without a license and possession of Class A drugs is OK then? :D

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I may be reading between the lines but, I got the impression that the misconduct in a public office charge relates to an allegation that she accessed confidential information and passed it on to the brothel owners. Allegedly.

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So possession of a shotgun without a license and possession of Class A drugs is OK then? :D

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If they had been charged on these side issues alone I would have not made the comment.

I would add only that the Govt's Advisory committee on Drugs has advocated down-grading of Ecstacy from A to B [http://www.drugscope.org.uk/newsandevents/currentnewspages/ACMD_ecstasy.htm] and that I would be curious to see an objective analysis of which is statistically more likely to lead to harm for an 18 year old---- taking a couple of Ecstacy tablets in the nightclub on a Friday or riding 100 miles per week on a motorbike. I'll lay my money that the bike is the greater hazard.

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If they had been charged on these side issues alone I would have not made the comment.

But the fact that they were also charged with these offences suggests that this was a criminal enterprise which was not confined to prostitution.

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So possession of a shotgun without a license and possession of Class A drugs is OK then? :D

I personally don't think either offence necessarily warrants a prison sentence, but it was the brothel-keeping that the officer chose to crow about in the quote that I highlighted.

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Of course if she was a London officer and she had shot a Brazilian or killed an innocent bystander at the G20 protest. Than she be let off scot free.

The problem with the media sex bad, violence good.

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Well, the good citizens of the North East will be able to sleep soundly in their beds tonight :D

It's about all they will be able to do without "Kelly" and her former colleagues to keep them otherwise occupied............

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I find the comparison to the shooting of the Brasilain worrying. It highlights the real harm done by groups that demonise prostitution. :D

But the NE of England is such a sex paradise zone her loss otherwise is a blip on an ocean. Great agencies, the best swinging scene in the country, Newcastle girls giving it away faster than you can say vodka an' coke . . . :rolleyes:

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I find the comparison to the shooting of the Brasilain worrying. It highlights the real harm done by groups that demonise prostitution. :D

But the NE of England is such a sex paradise zone her loss otherwise is a blip on an ocean. Great agencies, the best swinging scene in the country, Newcastle girls giving it away faster than you can say vodka an' coke . . . :rolleyes:

Why the comparison? The female officer overstepped the mark yet the media focus on the sex issue. The Brazilian when initially shot dead was portrayed as a threat to National Security. I can even remember the Metro printing his photo darkened to match an Asian. Of course when it wasn't the case, the Metro lightened his features and the officers in questions just got a ticking off, no custodial sentences for them for shooting an innocent man with seven bullets.

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But the fact that they were also charged with these offences suggests that this was a criminal enterprise which was not confined to prostitution.

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Or that, as ever, the police had a dig about to see what else they could uncover. Was there a large amount of Ecstacy? Is there any suggestion of large scale supply? Where was the gun and for what was it used---- 'protection', intimidation or shooting rabbits at the weekend?

I would support a custodial sentence if there was any evidence that girls working for the agency had been coerced or if I had heard that the shotgun had been used to threaten or intimidate anyone. Thus far I have heard no such evidence.

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Or that, as ever, the police had a dig about to see what else they could uncover. Was there a large amount of Ecstacy? Is there any suggestion of large scale supply? Where was the gun and for what was it used---- 'protection', intimidation or shooting rabbits at the weekend?

I would support a custodial sentence if there was any evidence that girls working for the agency had been coerced or if I had heard that the shotgun had been used to threaten or intimidate anyone. Thus far I have heard no such evidence.

Possessing a shotgun without a license is no laughing matter. A good friend of mine who has sailed incredibly close to the wind in the past has always made sure his guns are legal.

Only people who are generally up to no good have guns in their possession without a license...

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Only people who are generally up to no good have guns in their possession without a license...

And table legs, allegedly.

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And table legs, allegedly.

False positives perhaps? :(

Unless they're Brazilians (to get my threads in a twist) of course.

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or farmers???.....................

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Possessing a shotgun without a license is no laughing matter. A good friend of mine who has sailed incredibly close to the wind in the past has always made sure his guns are legal.

Only people who are generally up to no good have guns in their possession without a license...

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I am not disputing that but the way the police are not accountable. Here below link concerning the lovable Northumbrian police.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5865119/Police-detective-arrested-over-sex-claims.html

And another brutal Northumbrian officer.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2242658/Mounted-policeman-on-sex-charges.html

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Only people who are generally up to no good have guns in their possession without a license...

Not true, the police are extremely whimsical in their decision to oppose or not to oppose a gun licence.. even the most law-abiding have found themselves forced to go to 'armourers'.

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Possessing a shotgun without a license is no laughing matter. A good friend of mine who has sailed incredibly close to the wind in the past has always made sure his guns are legal.

Only people who are generally up to no good have guns in their possession without a license...

B

I really don't want to condone possessing a shotgun without a certificate, which is a foolish thing to do asides from being against the law. Nevertheless the question of intent and action does seem to be reflected in sentencing, which is highly variable. Consider the following, all lifted from http://www.gun-control-network.org/IN0409.htm:

BBC, 27 April 2009

A man has been cautioned by Lincolnshire Police after trying to sell a shotgun from his car boot at Swineshead. He was cautioned for possession of a shotgun without a firearms licence.

Ely Standard, 20 April 2009

John Smith kept a shotgun propped against a kitchen cabinet with a box of ammunition nearby at his home in Little Downham, Cambridgeshire. He did not have a certificate for the gun. He pleaded guilty to possessing a shotgun without a certificate and was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs. The weapon and ammunition were forfeited and will be destroyed.

Dunstable Today, 28 April 2009

A man has been convicted of possessing a firearm after police discovered a sawn-off shotgun inside a wardrobe at his home in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. Philip Davis has been remanded in custody and is facing a custodial sentence

Liverpool Echo, 25 April 2009

Paul Kane's sister went to the police after she spotted a sawn-off shotgun at his house in Walton, Merseyside. It was found that the weapon was in full working order and had been fired recently. Kane admitted possessing the prohibited weapon and a butterfly knife. He was jailed for five years and nine months.

...... in short, everything from a caution to 5 years....

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There is a wealth of difference between a sawn-off, which can only be used to kill people or to frighten people into believing you are going to kill them and a normal working shotgun.

Having said that, both are lethal weapons.

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There is a wealth of difference between a sawn-off, which can only be used to kill people or to frighten people into believing you are going to kill them and a normal working shotgun.

Having said that, both are lethal weapons.

Quite----- and what do we know about the gun in the present case?

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