Arrests in Wales slavery raids

Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with allegations of slavery in south Wales and a third alleged victim has been recovered from one of the sites being searched by detectives, Gwent Police said.

Slavery investigation 'fast moving and complicated'

Gwent Police called Operation Imperial, the investigation into allegations of slavery at sites in South Wales, is "fast moving and complicated".

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths commented:

This investigation is dynamic and fast moving and involves a number of different agencies working together in partnership.

I can reassure residents that we are doing all we can to progress the investigation and we continue to be grateful for their continued support and understanding.

He urged anyone with any information to contact Gwent Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

60-year-old male found in new Wales 'slavery raid'

A 60-year-old male British national has been recovered from one of the sites searched by detectives investigating allegations of slavery in South Wales.

Police are searching a number of sites in South Wales following allegations of slavery.
Police are searching a number of sites in South Wales following allegations of slavery. Credit: ITV News

Gwent Police said the alleged victim was taken to an undisclosed medical reception centre where his physical and mental condition can be assessed by specialist British Red Cross staff.

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Three men arrested on suspicion of slavery offences

Three men, aged 53, 38 and 20 years old from the St Brides area of Newport, have been arrested on suspicion of slavery and servitude offences, Gwent Police said.

Diggers are being used at the sites as part of the investigation.
Diggers are being used at the sites as part of the investigation. Credit: ITV News.

Four other suspects remain in custody and are assisting officers with their enquiries after the granting of a further 24 hours in custody by a District Judge.

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Home Office 'shocked' by allegations of slavery

It is an appalling reminder of the extent to which slavery has reappeared in our country.

The Home Secretary has made clear her determination to tackle the scourge of modern slavery and the organised criminal gangs behind it.

We are already taking action on a number of fronts.

We are working with front line professionals to help them better identify and support potential victims.

The new National Crime Agency will, from next month, lead an enhanced and coordinated response to targeting trafficking gangs, and we will be overhauling and updating legislation by bringing forward a draft Modern Slavery Bill this session.

– Home Office spokesperson
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Slavery probe: appeal for letter writer to come forward

As a result of the publicity generated by the police activity I’m grateful to the people who have contacted us with information which is assisting our enquiry.

Importantly we’ve received a number of calls from individuals who may also be potential victims or important witnesses.

I’m urging those individuals, to contact the investigation team again by ringing our dedicated number 01633 647174 as we believe they may have more information which could be of assistance.

In addition I’m making a personal appeal to the author of an anonymous letter which was sent to a neighbouring Force some months ago to contact us.

The letter contains information which may be vital to this investigation and we need that person to contact us.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths, Gwent Police

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Slave probe police in letter appeal

Police investigating alleged slavery at a farm in Wales have appealed for the writer of an anonymous letter to come forward.

Gwent Police's Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths said the force had received a number of calls from individuals who could be potential victims or important witnesses.

Search resumes in hunt for body after 'slavery raids'

Detectives have resumed their search for a body after four people were arrested in a series of armed raids at sites allegedly linked to slavery.

Background: Arrests in Wales slavery raids

Police started to search the area yesterday.
Police started to search the area yesterday.

More than 100 officers from Gwent Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) targeted properties in south Wales yesterday after discovering a man living in poor conditions in Marshfield, Newport.

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The 43-year-old man was found earlier this year - 13 years after he was reported missing by his family.

Forensic teams are now combing the site on the strength of intelligence which suggests the body of an unknown person may be buried there.

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Marshfield body search 'expected to last several days'

Specialist officers are investigating whether a body has been buried at a site in Marshfield, Newport Credit: Athena Picture Agency

Officers using specialist equipment are examining land around the Cariad Farm site in Marshfield, Newport.

The search - prompted by suspicion a body has been buried there - is expected to last for several days.

More than 100 police officers and staff took part in today's raids Credit: Athena Picture Agency
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