Four people have been arrested after a Gateshead factory was raided this morning as part of an investigation into modern day slavery.
An estimated 90 employees have now been taken to a reception centre where they will be spoken to by officers to establish if they are victims of exploitation.
Northumbria Police arrested four men, aged 42, 41, 40 and 29, on suspicion of offences under the Modern Day Slavery Act. They currently remain in police custody.
The factory is based off Nest Road on the banks of the River Tyne.
Police were called to the scene after receiving concerns about the welfare of staff employed there.
- Inspector Michael Robson, of the Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:
The reception centre has been facilitated by Gateshead Council, the Gangland Masters Labour Abuse Authority and the British Red Cross are also there to offer any support to the employees.
- British Red Cross operations manager for emergency response in the North of England, Robert Colburn said:
Anyone who has information that may assist the police investigation, or anyone who has information about Modern Day Slavery, is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 140 24/04/19.
You can also report information online at www.northumbria.police.uk or call the Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.