Operation Imperial – three men charged

25/09/2013

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."

Ends

Notes to editors:

  • A fourth suspect arrested on Monday has been bailed pending further enquiries
  • 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.