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Warrants executed as Thames Valley Police target modern slavery in Oxford

Alert message sent 06/06/2018 10:00:00

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Local residents may notice uniformed police officers in the local area over the next few days following a number of warrants in Oxford this morning (6/6) in connection with modern slavery and forced labour.

Working in partnership with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Southeast Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), officers arrested four men at two separate locations in the city.

The men, aged 59, 43, 34 and 25, all from Oxford, were arrested on suspicion of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation and unlawfully engaging in money lending.

Thames Valley Police was also supported by a number of partner agencies, including Oxfordshire County Council in conducting the warrants.

Officers are currently supporting and engaging with potential victims.

Currently, an area near to the Abingdon Road is closed while officers from Thames Valley Police, NCA and SEROCU carry out further investigations.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Ali Driver said: “We carried out these warrants as part of ongoing investigations into offences of modern slavery.

“These arrests are evidence that we take this extremely seriously and will always investigate and prosecute offenders who carry out this crime."

Should you have any concerns or information relating to any kind of modern slavery or forced labour within the Thames Valley to report it to us via 101, or via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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