Fri, 17 Aug 2018
FOUR people have been arrested in connection with modern slavery and theft offences in Aldermaston.
Thames Valley Police officers carried out an operation in Paices Hill, Aldermaston on Tuesday in connection with modern slavery and forced labour.
Officers are currently providing support to a 42-year-old man, who had become a victim of modern slavery.
As part of the intelligence-led operation, officers carried out safeguarding checks. They also searched caravans, outbuildings and cars within the grounds.
The searches resulted in officers seizing a range of property believed to be stolen, including three touring caravans and range of horse tack, bridles and saddles.
Working in partnership with the RSPCA and local veterinarians, officers also completed a number of animal welfare checks during the operation.
A 30-year-old man from Aldermaston was arrested on suspicion of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.
A 33-year-old woman from Nottingham was arrested on suspicion of theft of a caravan.
A 29-year-old man from Northolt, Ealing was also arrested on suspicion of theft of a caravan.
A 21-year-old man from Aldermaston was arrested on suspicion of theft of a caravan and criminal damage.
All four suspects have been released under investigation.
Local Police Area Commander for West Berkshire, Superintendent Jim Weems, said: “We carried out this operation as part of ongoing investigations into offences of modern slavery.
“We take these offences very seriously and these arrests demonstrate that we will always investigate and prosecute offenders who carry out this type of crime.
“I would urge anyone who is aware of any kind of modern slavery or forced labour within the Thames Valley to report it to us by calling 101, or via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”