Mod­ern slav­ery – po­lice swoop on sus­pects

Ar­rests made in Farn­ham Royal and Maiden­head

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The ar­rests are in con­nec­tion with war­rants car­ried out in Lil­li­brooke Cres­cent, Maiden­head, and in Crown Lane, Farn­ham Royal.

A num­ber of peo­ple, be­lieved to be vic­tims of mod­ern slav­ery, were also safe­guarded by the force.

Ap­prox­i­mately 100 of­fi­cers were in­volved in the op­er­a­tion which took place fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions about the theft of car parts and con­cerns about the wel­fare of res­i­dents at the sites.

The war­rants were car­ried out si­mul­ta­ne­ously with a sep­a­rate war­rant in Clens­more Street, Kid­der­min­ster, in the West Mer­cia Po­lice area.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice was sup­ported by part­ner agen­cies, in­clud­ing Trad­ing Stan­dards and the Na­tional Crime Agency.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor James Mather, of Force CID, lead­ing the op­er­a­tion said: “We are in the early stages of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we will now work to trace the own­ers of items which have been stolen from across the coun­try, and con­tinue to iden­tify of­fend­ers.

“This has been a pos­i­tive ex­am­ple of part­ner­ship work­ing, and I would like to thank all of the part­ner agen­cies which have been in­volved, in­clud­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity, for their as­sis­tance.

“Work­ing closely with our part­ners in lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, so­cial ser­vices and the other emer­gency ser­vices, we aim to achieve bet­ter knowl­edge, and suit­able re­sourc­ing to dis­rupt and pre­vent the work of or­gan­ised crime gangs and to pro­vide safe­guard­ing to the in­no­cent vic­tims caught in the mid­dle. It fol­lows our re­cent launch of Strong­hold, which is a forcewide com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing the lev­els of se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime in our re­gion.

“This op­er­a­tion safe­guarded par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our so­ci­ety and il­le­gal firearms have now been taken off our streets.”

A 27-year-old man from Farn­ham Royal, a 25-yearold woman from Maiden­head and a 31-year-old man of no fixed abode were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of theft and on sus­pi­cion of hold­ing a per­son in slav­ery or servi­tude and re­quir­ing a per­son to per­form forced or com­pul­sory labour.

A 42-year-old man from Farn­ham Royal was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of theft. All of those ar­rested were re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

If you are aware of any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in your com­mu­nity please call Thames Val­ley Po­lice’s 24hour en­quiry cen­tre on 101.

Al­ter­na­tively if you have any con­cerns about mod­ern slav­ery – if you need to get help, re­port a sus­pi­cion or seek ad­vice – please call the mod­ern slav­ery helpline on 08000 121 700.

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