1. ITV Report

Four men released under investigation following modern-day slavery investigation

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.

Four men have been released under investigation Credit: PA
  • Inspector Michael Robson said:

This was a significant operation and we felt it necessary to speak to more than 90 employees at the factory to establish if any offences have taken place.

The majority of those working at the factory are not believed to be victims but we do have concerns about some individuals and have been providing them with support.

Investigations of this nature take time but we have had the opportunity to interview four men arrested yesterday on suspicion of modern day slavery offences.

They have since been released under investigation but our enquiries will continue in the coming weeks as we review all thepotential evidence we have collected.

– Northumbria Police

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

Anyone with concerns about slavery offences where they live can also report information by calling 101, reporting it online or by calling the Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.