Forced Labour Sentencing

A family of travellers who lived a life of luxury while forcing an army of labourers to live in squalor have been jailed.

Forced labour family jailed, full report

Five members of a traveller family have been sentenced to a total of almost 19 years in prison for luring vulnerable men off the streets and forcing them into hard labour.

The Connors family enjoyed top-of-the-range cars and expensive holidays - while the workers lived in squalor on caravan sites in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Cheltenham, getting little or no pay.

Today a judge said they had exploited their victims' vulnerability for their own commercial gain. Rebecca Broxton was at Bristol Crown Court.

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Family faces up to six years in prison over forced labour

Five members of the same family have all been jailed by a judge at Bristol Crown Court for conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

William Connors, 52, has been jailed for six and a half years and his wife Mary, 48, received a sentence of two years and three months.

The couple's son, John, 29, was jailed for four years. Their other son James, 20, got three years detention in a young offender institution.

Son-in-law Miles Connors, 24, received a three year prison sentence.

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'Life of luxury' travellers to be sentenced tomorrow

The family of travellers will be sentenced later tomorrow Credit: ITV Central

Five members of a family of travellers, who 'lived a life of luxury' in the Midlands while forcing an army of labourers to live in 'squalor' will be sentenced tomorrow (Wednesday) after being found guilty of keeping their own private workforce.

A jury convicted Billy Connors, his wife Mary, their sons John and James and their son-in-law Miles, after a three-month trial.

The court heard they picked up vulnerable men to work for their paving and patio business.

The labourers lived in filthy caravans on sites in Cheltenham and Leicestershire, and were paid as little as £5 a day.