Homeless man claims he was forced to work for travellers

A destitute man was plucked from the streets by a traveller family, forced to work as a "slave" and "mentally tortured", a court heard today.

The man was living in a hotel early last year when he was stopped by two travellers in Wembley. He said they offered him an £80-a-day job

He agreed as it sounded like "good money" but was taken to a traveller site, coerced into performing hard labour and never paid a penny, he claimed.

Prosecutors say he was among dozens of homeless people, alcoholics and drug addicts controlled, exploited, verbally abused and beaten by seven members of the Connors family for financial gain.