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Two local politicians have welcomed an operation on the alleged exploitation of foreign workers employed in the fishing industry.
The exercise was carried out across the region this morning by police and various other UK agencies.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown and Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray, both Labour, say that iIllegal cockle fishing in the region has been a major problem with gangs often using foreign workers to obtain the cockles.
A major operation to crack down on the human rights of foreign workers has taken place in Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria.
It involved around 150 officers from various agencies, including the police, the UK Border Agency, the Coastguard and the Serious Crime Unit.
Warrants were issued at business and residential premises around Annan, and on board a number of trawlers in Silloth.
Police say the exercise is part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged exploitation of foreign workers in the fishing industry.