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Four men bailed in slavery investigation

Four men arrested as part of an investigation into slavery offences spanning a 26-year period have been bailed.

The men, aged 57, 37, 33 and 34, from the Rumney area of Cardiff were arrested yesterday.

The arrests are part of the ongoing Operation Imperial investigation - led by Gwent Police - into alleged offences of slavery, servitude, forced labour, false imprisonment, kidnap and assaults.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said the men had been released on bailed pending further enquiries.

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Alleged victim 'was slave for 26 years'

Gwent Police say the four men arrested on suspicion of slavery and servitude offences were arrested after two alleged victims came forward.

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BREAK: 26 years in slavery.... One of the alleged victim's claims that prompted @gwentpolice to make 4 arrests earlier today

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2 alleged victims are now "safe and being supported by police". Arrests followed information from the public

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26 years in slavery/servitude is one of the longest timespans for this type of alleged crime in the UK

Four men from Cardiff arrested in slavery investigation

Gwent Police have arrested four men from the Rumney area of Cardiff as part of a probe into allegations of slavery and false imprisonment.

Three men, aged 57, 37 and 33, were arrested of suspicion of knowingly or conspiring to hold a person in slavery, kidnap, false imprisonment and assault.

A fourth man, aged 34, was arrested on suspicion of knowingly or conspiring to hold a person in slavery and assault.

The Operation Imperial investigation is led by Gwent Police, although the force says officers from South Wales and Avon & Somerset Police were also involved.

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