Hut ‘slave’ silent over his or­deal

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Chris Richies

A SUS­PECTED slav­ery vic­tim al­legedly kept in a freez­ing shed for 40 years has barely spo­ken since be­ing freed.

Po­lice and of­fi­cials swooped on a trav­ellers’ site near Carlisle, Cum­bria, in Oc­to­ber af­ter a tip-off.

They found a 58-year-old with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties next to a gar­den chair, soiled bed­ding and rusty elec­tric heater.

The Gang­mas­ters and Labour Abuse Au­thor­ity say the man is still in such shock he has barely spo­ken a word.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Mar­tin Plim­mer said: “The po­ten­tial vic­tim is still re­ceiv­ing spe­cial­ist care.

“When we found him he was like a rab­bit in head­lights and very con­fused.”

The prop­erty owner, a frail 79-year-old, was ar­rested but later re­leased.

Rel­a­tives claim he of­fered the “vic­tim” a place in his house but the man pre­ferred the shed.

STAFF have dis­cov­ered that fe­male fish flirt with the males by per­form­ing a spe­cial rock­ing dance at Torquay Zoo, Devon.

FREEZ­ING: Vic­tim’s shed

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