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Man arrested on slavery charges

A 35-year-old man has been arrested in the Cotswolds on suspicion of conspiring to commit slavery, servitude and forced labour.

The man was arrested by officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) at an address in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, on the morning of Thursday, October 3.

GLAA officers acted in response to concerns that a number of Romanian workers were being exploited in the agricultural sector.

The suspect, who is also Romanian, was also detained on suspicion of entering into arrangements with an unlicensed gangmaster, is currently in custody being questioned.

Andy Davies, GLAA senior investigating officer, said: "This operation demonstrates our commitment to tackle anyone we suspect is committing or even conspiring to commit acts of forced labour and slavery.

"It's also important to reiterate that if you use workers in our regulated sectors, they must come from a licensed labour provider. Failing to do so can result in a fine and time in prison.

"I would encourage anyone who believes someone is being exploited to contact us."

To contact the GLAA telephone 0800 4320804 or email intelligence@gla.gov.uk .

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