Gangmaster raids in Fens

Cambridgeshire police has carried out a series of early morning raids on Gangmasters across the Fens.

300 police officers have been involved in the raids which are trying to clamp down on human trafficking and exploitation.

Second man charged following gangmaster raids

A second man has been charged with acting as an unlicensed gangmaster following a series of police raids last week.

Juris Valujevs was arrested as part of a crackdown against the exploitation of migrant workers by Cambridgeshire Police.

The 35-year-old, of Turbus Road, King's Lynn, in Norfolk, has also been charged with fraud by representation, conspiring to commit immigration offences and blackmail.

He appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Saturday and has been remanded in custody until Thursday.

A total of nine arrests were made during the raids last Tuesday at addresses in Wisbech, March and King's Lynn.

Ivar Mezals, 27, of Conference Way, Wisbech, has also been charged with acting as an unlicensed gangmaster, blackmail and fraud by false representation.

Seven others were released on bail.

Man charged after Fenland raids

Police carrying out raids in the Fens earlier this week Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man arrested as part of a police operation to tackle the exploitation of migrant workers in the Fens has been charged.Police raided homes across Wisbech, March and King's Lynn earlier this week as part of Operation Endeavour.

27-year old Ivars Mezals from Conference Way in Wisbech has since been charged with acting as an unlicensed Gangmaster, blackmail and fraud by false representation. Eight others who were arrested during the raids have been released on bail.

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Three people still in custody after police raids

Police carried out raids in King's Lynn, Wisbech and March. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three people remain in custody this morning following yesterday's dawn raids by police targeting gangmasters suspected of exploiting migrant workers.

Nine people were arrested yesterday at addresses in Wisbech, March and King's Lynn while two recruitment agencies had their licences suspended.

This morning, a 44-year-old man from March, a 27-year-old man from Wisbech and a 27-year-old woman from Wisbech continue to be held at March police station. Six people have been released on bail.

Arrests after Gangmaster raids in Fenland

Nine people have been arrested and two recruitment agencies have had their licences suspended after police carried out raids in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Officers targeted addresses in King's Lynn, Wisbech and March on the hunt for illegal Gangmasters suspected of exploiting migrant workers.

Police said those Gangmasters were gaining from other people's suffering. Tanya Mercer joined the police on their early morning raids.

Gangmaster raids in the Fens

Cambridgeshire police has carried out a series of raids in towns across the Fens and West Norfolk.

Officers targeted properties in March, Wisbech and King's Lynn to track down Gangmasters who've been exploiting migrant workers.

Illegal Gangmaster raids in Fens

Cambridgeshire Police has carried out a series of early morning raids across Fenland and West Norfolk to target illegal Gangmasters.

Chief Inspector Mike Winters spoke to our reporter Tanya Mercer, who accompanied the police on the raids.

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9 arrests in Gangmaster raids

An arrest in Fenland raids, Cambridgeshire Police Credit: ITV News Anglia

There have been nine arrests in a series of police raids in the Cambridgeshire Fens. 300 police officers targeting properties in the Fenland towns of March, Wisbech and Kings Lynn in West Norfolk.

Eight properties were targeted in an attempt to crack down on the exploitation of migrant workers.

Fenland Commander, Chief Insp Mike Winters, said. "We are committed to working with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and other partner agencies to tackle the exploitation of workers in the Fenland area and we are targeting those who gain from others' suffering."

"They are paid wages well below the legal minimum for extremely long hours and their pay is often taken to service debt on their accommodation. Victims are often too frightened to come forward and too reluctant to seek help from the authorities."

"I would urge anyone who feels they are being exploited to or has any concerns about individual workers to contact police."

GLA Chief Executive Paul Broadbent said. "The exploitation of vulnerable people for financial gain was one of the primary reasons the GLA was formed and it remains the cornerstone of what we do today."

Early morning raids in Fens

Raids in Fens, Cambridgeshire Police Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nine people have been arrested and two recruitment agencies have had their licenses suspended as part of a day of action against the exploitation of workers in Wisbech.

300 police and partner agency officers were involved in the raids at eight properties in Wisbech, March and Kings Lynn.

Cambridgeshire Police, raids in the Fens Credit: ITV News Anglia

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and were taken to March police station.

The action was part of Operation Endeavour which is an ongoing joint police and Gangmasters Licensing Authority inquiry into the exploitation of migrant workers.

Cambridgeshire Police, raids in Fens Credit: ITV News Anglia