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Third arrested over man who 'lived in a shed for 40 years'

A third arrest has been made over claims that a vulnerable man was forced to live in a 6ft shed for 40 years.

The 58-year-old was found at a residential site north of Carlisle in Cumbria - reportedly a licensed traveller camp - in a dawn raid last October by officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

Credit: GLAA

Two men aged 79 and 53 were arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences at separate fixed residential sites north of Carlisle last October and earlier this month.

The GLAA said a third man, a 20-year-old Briton, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with its inquiries.

All three suspects have been released under investigation.

Last October, investigators found there was no heating in the cramped shed, with a soiled duvet on the floor and a metered television.

The 58-year-old has been receiving specialist support for the last six months and is living in sheltered accommodation, said the GLAA.

Hadrian's camp at Houghton Credit: ITV

"He has made some positive progress and is clearly in a far better place than he was when we rescued him.

"We are under no illusions though that he still faces a very long road to recovery. He is being given every assistance but it will be a slow process as he is severely traumatised from the alleged exploitation we believe he has endured for all his adult life.

"While this support continues, we are exploring all avenues of investigation. We are also appealing for anyone who has not yet come forward with information to do so."

– Senior Investigating Officer Martin Plimmer