Officers were alerted after neighbours reported “unusual behaviour” and “strange sounds” coming from the four-bedroomed house in Lee Mill, Devon.
Police arrived with battering rams to raid the home but after a plain clothes officer knocked on the door the residents let them in – thinking he had an appointment.
The sex dungeon was then found in a converted room filled with “hundreds” of items including whips, gas masks, wooden bats, handcuffs, clothes pegs and shackles.
Police also discovered bondage chairs with straps, straight jackets, sex toys, gimp masks, S&M outfits, shackles, cattle prods and car batteries used to power the toys.
The dungeon was also stuffed with “various electrical vibrating” items and a recording studio complete with computer equipment and mixing desk.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Gilroy of Devon and Cornwall police said officers made the “startling” discovery last Friday (26/02) afternoon.
But during the raid one “customer” arrived at the home – and still asked for his appointment despite the large police presence.
DS Gilroy said: “We were surprised to uncover this to say the very least. Upon searching the house we found a room set up as a dungeon. …
Ds Gilroy said the home – near a Tesco supermarket – had been a suspected brothel and police had expected to make a forced entry.
But they were “welcomed” in by the occupants and after executing a warrant discovered the dungeon on the first floor. …
A 38-year-old man from Lee Mill, a 21-year-old woman from Ivybridge, Devon, and a 24-year-old woman from Plymouth have been arrested in connection with the incident.
They have been released on police bail until April 30 to allow police to carry out further enquiries.
DS Gilroy said: “We are glad to have disturbed this activity and restored normality to the neighbourhood. We would also like to thank residents who reported the activity to us.”
Inspector Phil Chivers, police inspector for the South Hams, added: “This incident demonstrates that we, the police, are reliant on information from the community.”
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