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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."

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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

ROADS: A47 CAMBRIDGSHIRE, BOTH DIRECTIONS

A47 in Cambridgeshire is closed both ways between A1 (Wansford) ad J15 Nene Parkway (Thorpe Wood roundabout, Peterborough) due to a serious accident involving two vehicles.

Congestion on the A47 westbound Soke Parkway to J16 Bretton Gate.

The accident happened at 10.10am this morning and the road is likely to remain closed into this evening.

An official diversion is in place via the A1260 Nene Parkway, A1139 Fletton Parkway and the A1, signed by the hollow circle symbol.

Woman remanded over ditch murders

A woman, charged with stabbing to death three men whose bodies were found in ditches in Cambridgeshire, has appeared in court.

Joanna Dennehy, 30, from Peterborough, is accused of three counts of murder after the bodies of Kevin Lee, 48, Lukasz Slaboszewuski, 31, and John Chapman, 56, were discovered. Dennehy did not enter a plea and will appear in court again on July 17.

Mr Lee, who was found in a ditch in Newborough on March 30 and Mr Chapman, found at Thorney Dyke on April 3 are both said to have been killed on March 29.

Mr Slaboszewski, also found at Thorney Dyke on April 3, is said to have been killed 10 days earlier.

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Farmer Tony Martin "There were weapons inside the shed so, if I had wanted to fight him off, I could have"

Tony Martin was living alone at his farmhouse in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, nicknamed Bleak House, when he caught Brendon Fearon, then 29, and Fred Barras, 16, inside his house.

He fired his shotgun three times towards the intruders, killing Barras.

He was initially jailed for nine years after being convicted of murder but the conviction was reduced to manslaughter on appeal and his sentence was reduced to three years.

The case provoked a national debate about the measures homeowners can take to defend their property.

Speaking about the latest incident, Mr Martin, who no longer lives in Emneth Hungate, said he was visiting the shed when he saw the man attempting to steal car batteries.

"There were weapons inside the shed so, if I had wanted to fight him off, I could have.

"I wished I had but, after everything I've been through in the past, I just couldn't face all that hassle again.

"It isn't the first time it's happened since I've been out of prison - it's happened two or three times.

"I haven't changed my views about what happened in 1999 but the whole experience has made me lose faith in the system and I didn't want to be made out as the criminal again."

– Tony Martin, Farmer
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Farmer 'confronts another burglar'

Tony Martin was released from jail in 2003 Credit: PA Images

Farmer Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a burglar in 1999, has said he confronted a burglar on his property yesterday.

Mr Martin, who was convicted of murder following the 1999 incident but later saw this reduced to manslaughter, said he caught the burglar in the act near an outbuilding at his property near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, yesterday.

He said the would-be burglar drove off when he confronted him and he decided not to attempt to stop him, adding: "I couldn't face going through all that again."

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: "Police were called to reports of an attempted burglary of outbuildings at a property in Wisbech at around 1.20pm yesterday. Inquiries are ongoing."

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Two arrests after body found in ditch near Peterborough

Cambridgeshire police have arrested two people after a body was found in a ditch near Peterborough Credit: ITV Anglia

Murder squad detectives in Cambridgeshire have arrested two people they were trying to trace after a body was discovered in a ditch by the A16 near Peterborough on Saturday.

Gary Stretch and Joanna Dennehy are now helping police with their enquiries.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in a ditch in Peterborough.

The body was found close to the A16 at Newborough on Saturday. The man was reported missing on Good Friday and his car was found burnt out in Yaxley.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from stab wounds.

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