Modern Day Slavery Arrests In Berkshire

2 September 2017, 11:08

Thames valley police

100 officers from Thames Valley Police raided two addresses in Maidenhead and Slough this week in connection to modern slavery.

4 arrests were made after warrants were carried out in Lillibrooke Crescent and Farnham Royal.

It's after allegations about theft of car parks and safety concerns of people living at the sites.

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.”

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

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