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Operation Imperial - three men charged

26/09/2013

Statement from Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit, CPS Cymru-Wales:

"The Crown Prosecution Service has been working alongside Gwent Police as their investigations under Operation Imperial, an anti-slavery operation set up to investigate allegations of mistreatment, have progressed. In particular, we have been offering advice and guidance to the police since four suspects were arrested on Monday.

"I have now carried out a review of the evidence gathered by Gwent Police in relation to three of these suspects. My review has been carried out under the threshold test of the Code for Crown Prosecutors. My conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Thomas Doran, Daniel Doran and David Daniel Doran with false imprisonment, conspiracy to hold a person in servitude and conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour. In addition, there is sufficient evidence to charge Thomas Doran with kidnapping by fraud. In respect of each of these offences, I have also concluded that charges are in the public interest.

"Accordingly, I have authorised Gwent Police to charge the three defendants and they will appear before magistrates on Thursday.

"May I remind all concerned that these three defendants retain the right to a fair trial and police investigations into these matters are ongoing. Whilst public interest in Operation Imperial has, understandably, been considerable, I would ask that nothing is placed in the public domain which could ultimately undermine the criminal justice process."

Thomas Doran, Daniel Doran and David Daniel Doran are charged with:
  • FALSE IMPRISONMENT, contrary to common law
  • CONSPIRACY TO HOLD A PERSON IN SERVITUDE, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
  • CONSPIRACY TO REQUIRE A PERSON TO PERFORM FORCED OR COMPULSORY LABOUR, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
Additionally, Thomas Doran is charged with:
  • KIDNAPPING, contrary to common law

The three defendants will appear before Cwmbran Magistrates' Court on Thursday 26 September.

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Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are four national casework divisions: Central Fraud, Welfare Rural & Health, Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. A 'virtual' 14th Area is CPS Direct which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  3. At 31 March 2013 we employed a workforce of approximately 6840 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2350 prosecutors and 4110 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website:  www.cps.gov.uk.
  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.