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Bedfordshire police clamp down on sexual exploitation

The hidden harms of sexual exploitation are being clamped down by police Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire police have launched a week long campaign to crackdown on modern slavery.

Officers will be targeting those who traffic people into the sex trade.

The public are being asked to look out for warning signs and report suspicious or concerning behaviour to police.

Detective Chief Inspector David Cestaro, force lead for modern slavery, said: “Typically, victims of this type of exploitation are tricked into believing they are coming to the UK for good employment, before being forced to work from what have been termed ‘pop-up brothels’.

"Through a number of recent brothel closures, Bedfordshire Police has identified this is a phenomenon which exists in our area."

Two men in their 60s die in Suffolk house fire

The fire broke out at the house in Stanley Street, Lowestoft, Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men in their 60s have died following a house fire in Suffolk.

The fire broke out in the early hours of this morning (26 June) in Stanley Street in Lowestoft.

Five fire engines were called to the scene around 1.15am and two men, one aged 60 and the other 62 were rescued from the house. Both were taken to the James Paget hospital but died a short time later.

Formal identification will take place in due course.

A police and fire investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway and a cordon is currently in place at the scene.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen and is not thought to be suspicious.

  • Anyone who may have any information about the incident is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD number 24 of today, 26 June.

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Man avoids jail after claiming Aston Martin was stolen

Hart was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A Cambridgeshire man who told police his £40,000 Aston Martin car had been stolen, when his friend had crashed it into a ditch near Wisbech, has avoided jail.

The car was found abandoned on the bank of a dyke in March Road, where it was later found by police.

James Hart, 68, from West End in March, called police and reported it stolen.

Hart pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was given a 15 month suspended sentence.

Hart has not gone to prison but he will have the prospect of prison hanging over him for two years, as well as the curfew and costs.

He took a risk and when it went wrong he tried to get out of it by lying. However, there was clear evidence the car had not been stolen.

We have had other cases where people have falsely claimed their cars have been stolen so I hope this demonstrates how seriously it is treated.

– PC Matt Smart, Cambridgeshire police

Appeal following alleged sexual assault in Stevenage

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assault in Stevenage.

The victim was walking in a field near Serpentine Woods, Great Ashby, on 9 June around 2.40pm.

It's alleged that she was approached by a man who kissed her on the cheek and hugged her. The girl managed to break away from the man and called her mother for help.

A 51-year-old man from Stevenage has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

He has been bailed until June 29 while enquiries continue.

I am appealing for anyone who saw the alleged incident, or has information that could assist the on-going investigation to get in contact.

I would particularly like to speak to a woman who was walking two lurcher-type dogs and a Border Collie dog in the area as we believe she may have spoken to the victim.

I would also like to speak to a man who was in the area with a child around the time and may have seen the victim following the alleged incident.

– Detective Constable Hayden Coggins
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