Man from Northampton arrested after nine adults and a baby found living in a warehouse

A 39-year-old man from Northampton has been arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery after eight men, a woman and a baby were found living in a warehouse.

Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 4:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 5:31 pm

Police and firefighters forced their way into the site after receiving reports of suspicious behaviour in Tile Hill, Coventry, on Sunday night.

Police confirmed today that the arrested man’s home address is in Northampton and that he has been released on bail,

Firefighters also tweeted a picture of a cutting device they used to open metal shutters during the rescue.

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A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Seven men and the woman and baby have been safeguarded and a 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery.

“Inquiries into the matter continue by detectives from Force CID.”

Three of the adults who were rescued are Sri Lankan, while another three are Romanian and one is from Bulgaria.

The nationality of the baby who was found in the warehouse is not known.

Last month Prime Minister Theresa May described modern day slavery as a “barbaric evil”.

She also announced a new UK cabinet task force to tackle modern slavery with £33million from the aid budget to fund initiatives overseas in nations from where people are trafficked.

A Home Office report estimated that in 2013 there were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims.

And the Salvation Army said it had had 1,805 referrals concerning slavery from April 2015 to March this year.

This has increased massively from 378 referrals between July 2011 and June 2012.

The charity revealed that 44 per cent of the victims they had helped had been subjected to sexual exploitation, while 42 per cent had been victims of labour exploitation - working in industries such as construction or agriculture.

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