Slavery Charges After Leighton Buzzard Raid

Bedfordshire Police has charged a man in connection with Modern Day Slavery offences.

Christopher O'Driscol, 34, of Pembury Road, London, was charged on Friday (4 March) with six offences, including one count of knowingly requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

O'Driscol was arrested following a multi-agency operation at a travellers' site in Little Billington, Leighton Buzzard, in October, and was charged in relation to work carried out in July and August last year.

O'Driscol was also charged with fraud by false representation and concealing or removing criminal property in connection with separate incidents in 2015, as well as three counts of failing to comply with a serious crime prevention order.

It is the first time Bedfordshire Police has secured a charge for failing to comply with a serious crime prevention order, under the Serious Crime Act 2007.

O'Driscol has been bailed pending an appearance at Luton Magistrates' Court on 21 March.

Bedfordshire Police, along with partners, is dedicated to strengthening education and raising awareness around the issues of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the county.

Recently Played Tracks

To listen live, choose your preferred location:

Go

On TV: Karaoke Christmas!

9pm - 11pm

Watch heart TV

  • Kelly Clarkson Underneath The Tree

    22:06

    iTunes

  • Leona Lewis One More Sleep

    22:03

    iTunes

  • Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone

    21:59

    iTunes

  • Demi Lovato Let It Go

    21:56

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter