A SUSPECTED brothel which was being run above a charity shop and close to two primary schools has been shut down.
Police raided the flat above Derian House charity shop, in Standishgate, after reports it was being used by illegal sex workers.
A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being in control of prostitution and has been bailed until August 31 pending further inquiries.
Shocked residents today said they were stunned to learn prostitutes were allegedly working close to two primary schools - Mab’s Cross Primary and St Mary’s and St John’s - as well as one of Wigan’s biggest church communities.
Sylvia McDonnell-Smith, manager of Derian House charity shop, said: “How hard faced can you be? This is a charity shop for a children’s hospice and we are a stone’s throw away from two churches and two schools.
“It’s the last thing you’d expect to happen because in the past the flat has been home to nice couples.
“Everyone is absolutely shocked and I still can’t believe it. We had no idea what was going on because we don’t own the flat above the shop. To think we were here and didn’t know anything about it, it’s disgusting.”
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