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Pair accused of "car wash" slavery

Two men accused of slavery over the treatment of workers at a seaside carwash will appear in court tomorrow.

It concerns a car wash in Wellesley Road in Clacton in Essex.

Bernard and Saimir Leshi, aged 26 and 28 from Clacton, are due to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court tomorrow. They were arrested on Friday as part of a targeted police operation into modern slavery.

A 56 year-old woman, who had also been arrested, has been released on bail until April 15.

Police patrol Stansted airport on look out for slavery victims

Essex police officers and specials at Stansted Airport Credit: Essex Police.

Police from Essex have been at Stansted Airport looking for victims of modern-day slavery and people trafficking.

Alongside border officials, police and special constables spoke to several hundred passengers and monitored flights throughout Saturday.

They offered advice to travellers on how to spot a potential victim and how to report suspicious behaviour.


'He was racist' - Guardian columnist defends call to tear down Nelson's Column

Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch has defended her claim that Nelson's Column should be pulled down - because he was a "white supremacist".

The writer has faced strong criticism since the opinion piece was published in the national newspaper.

But she stands by her views -

"I'm not going to tell people what they should think of Nelson but I would like them to be aware of the fact that he was very comfortable with slavery.

"He would have looked at someone like me as an inferior human being, even at a time when his contemporaries wouldn't have accepted that.

"He was racist."

– Afua Hirsch, The Guardian columnist.
Lord Nelson, at the top of his column in Trafalgar Square. Credit: Press Association Images.

Modern day slavery charge following raid at Bedfordshire travellers' site

Little Billington, near Leighton Buzzard. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 34-year-old man has been charged with modern day slavery offences following a raid at a travellers' site in Bedfordshire.

Christopher O'Driscol, of Pembury Road, London, faced six charges including one count of knowingly requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

The 34-year-old was arrested in October during a raid at a travellers' site at Little Billington, near Leighton Buzzard. The charges relate to work carried out in July and August last year.

He will appear at Luton Magistrates' Court later this month.