Four men, who were arrested by police yesterday on suspicion of modern-day slavery charges, have been released under investigation.
On Wednesday morning Northumbria Police raided a factory, based off Nest Road on the banks of the River Tyne, after receiving concerns about the welfare of staff employed there.
An estimated 90 employees were taken to a reception centre where they were spoken to by officers to establish if they were victims of exploitation. The centre has since been shut down.
Workers at the site were of a number of different nationalities but the majority of those taken to the reception centre, were Eastern European.
- Inspector Michael Robson said:
Anyone who has information that may assist the police investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 140 24/04/19 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with concerns about slavery offences where they live can also report information by calling 101, reporting it online atwww.northumbria.police.uk or by calling the Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.