Two people charged with slavery offences - St Albans

18/09/2015

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge two people with slavery offences in St Albans.

Johnny Murphy, aged 25, and Shanon Loveridge, aged 22, who are both from Watford Road, St Albans, have been charged with knowingly holding a person in slavery or servitude and knowingly requiring another person to perform forced labour in St Albans between April 2010 and September 2014.

The charges follow a warrant, which was executed at an address in St Albans on the morning of 11 March 2015, following reports around potential human trafficking taking place on the premises.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against these two people.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge them with knowingly holding a person in slavery or servitude and knowingly requiring another person to perform forced labour in St Albans between April 2010 and September 2014.

"The charges follow a warrant, which was executed at an address in St Albans on the morning of 11 March 2015, following reports around potential human trafficking taking place on the premises.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Both Murphy and Loveridge have been released on bail to appear at St Albans Magistrate' Court on Tuesday, 27 October 2015.

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