Men charged with 'slavery' offences

12/09/2011

Four men, all from the same family of travellers, have been charged by police, following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), with conspiracy to holding a person in servitude and requiring them to perform forced labour, against four male victims.

Beds and Herts Major Crime Unit was advised by the CPS Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework Unit (CCU) today, 12 September. CCU head and charging lawyer, Adrian Roberts, confirmed:

'I have tonight advised police to charge Tommy Connors, 30, Patrick Connors, 19, James (Big Jim) Connors, 34, and James (Jimmy) Connors, 23, all of Green Acres caravan site, in Great Billington, Leighton Buzzard, with offences under section 71 of the Coroners' and Justice Act 2009.

'These charges relate to four victims who allege they have been held against their will and forced to live and work like slaves. Police investigations into other offences relating to other potential victims at Green Acres are ongoing, further to the police raid on Sunday, 11 September.'

The four men are all due to appear at Luton magistrates' court tomorrow, 13 September.