A house believed to be used as a brothel is under a three-month closure.

Police executed a warrant on July 1 and forced entry to the house on St Mary’s Road, Watford, after reports suggesting the property was being used as a brothel.

During the search inside the rented property, police found three people, all of whom were spoken to by officers to check on their welfare.

St Albans Magistrates’ Court granted a closure order to the property on Tuesday (July 7), which will last until October 6.

The order states that during this period, no one can enter the house besides the landlord, those instructed to do work by him, the council or emergency services.

Hertfordshire Constabulary explained that anyone else who enters the property and breaches the warrant will be arrested.

Sergeant Luke Mitchell, who leads the Watford Community Safety Unit, said: “A man is currently helping us with our enquiries and we will continue our investigation into this property, which will involve multi-agency work with partners.

“Our main focus remains to safeguard any vulnerable or exploited people and we ask that those living in St Mary’s Road keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on the street. If you see anything unusual, please do not hesitate to inform us.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, through web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, call the non-emergency number 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.