A police station which later became a fetish club has gone under the hammer for nearly half a million pounds.

The century-old Victorian building in Newport's docks area had served as a police station for years, until cash cut-backs within the force saw it close in 1997.

But, three years later, it was bought up and kitted out with a bondage dungeon, where punters would pay £25 to be chained to a revolving wheel and whipped.

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Transforming the still-intact prison cells in the basement into a seedy swingers' den, the establishment on Alexandra Road in the Pill area would be used by various mistresses from all over South Wales for entertaining clients.

The word 'Police' remains engraved in the exterior brickwork above the main entrance

Known as The Clink - the word 'Police' remains engraved in the exterior brickwork above the main entrance - it has long since re-established itself as an apartment block of 10 flats and was sold at auction earlier this month for £438k,000.

It was described on the Paul Fosh Auctions website as 'a substantial freehold building comprising 10 flats'.

'The property has been upgraded and well maintained and managed and is sold with a number of well established tenants.'

However, that was far from the case back in the early noughties when one regular lifted the lid on the sordid goings-on there.

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“They don’t just let anyone in, you'd have to be invited by another member," said the club-goer who didn't want to be named.

“When I first arrived I thought it was dark and dingy. Part of the attraction was that it was quite a scary place, and the punters get a kick out of it.

“At midnight the club gets full on – you often see people leading around their partners on a dog chain it gets full on.

"There weren’t many places I felt safe. So I shrunk away into a corner while everyone else got on with it.”

The club was said to have been investigated by Newport Council at the time following complaints from the locals, but no legal reason could be found to shut it down.

It ended up closing its doors in early 2009 following a farewell New Year's Eve bash for 'friendly and sexy people', according to an online advert.

It read: 'Come and enjoy all that The Clink has to offer: open and lockable bedrooms, equipped fetish room, large dark dungeon area with play stuff, dance floor and pole, chill-out zones, showers and changing areas'.

Nevertheless, the owner - who called himself Andy - previously denied it ever having been a club.

"I run private house parties," he told Wales On Sunday in 2008. "But I’m moving on now and doing different things."