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Two people arrested in darlington on suspicion of modern slavery

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Durham Police have arrested two people on suspicion of slavery offences following Darlington raid

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of committing modern slavery offences.

cops raided the ‘Best Hand Car Wash’ on Yarm Road, Darlington on Wednesday, December 6th and arrested two men, aged 21 and 26. They are currently in police custody.

Five suspected slavery victims were found working at the car wash. The men have been taken to a victim reception centre where they will be supported by specially trained officers and other agencies.

The raid was carried out by Durham Constabulary, with support from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) who detained the men on suspicion of offences under the Modern Slavery Act.

It is the first operation of its kind in Darlington and forms part of Operation Sledgehammer, the force’s long-running campaign to tackle serious and organised crime.

Detective Sergeant Tonya Cook, from Durham Constabulary’s safeguarding team, led the investigation. “As a force, we take allegations of modern slavery extremely seriously and are committed to investigating and tackling the exploitation of vulnerable people,” she said.

“Modern slavery is an emerging threat nationally. We are working with our partners to tackle this complex type of crime and are committed to supporting those who are victims.

“However, we also need to ask the community to consider where they spend their money. Modern slavery is happening in plain sight here in County Durham and Darlington and takes many different forms – think about where you get your car washed or where you get your nails done.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to look out for potential victims, and I would urge anyone who has any concerns about activity relating to people being exploited in this way to report it to us.”

Dave Powell, senior investigating officer for the GLAA said: “Today’s action illustrates the approach taken to tackling modern slavery across the UK is now built upon a strong alliance between law enforcement and other agencies.

“Working in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers is at the heart of what we do and the GLAA is committed to doing all it can to help eradicate these illegal working practices that cause such misery.”

Following the raid, the premises was secured and further enquiries were conducted by representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards, North East Regional Special Operations Unit, Northumbrian Water and immigration officers.

Support was also provided by Darlington Borough Council and the British Red Cross who worked in partnership with the police and GLAA to run the victim reception centre.

John Morris, British Red Cross director of independent living and emergency response in the North of England, said: “The Red Cross was asked by Durham Constabulary to provide practical and emotional support to anyone evacuated as a result of this operation, in a place of safety.

“Our trained staff and volunteers were on hand to provide emotional support, as well as practical necessities such as clothing, refreshments and first aid.

“The Red Cross works alongside emergency services across the UK to help those in crisis.”

County Durham and Darlington Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, Ron Hogg, said: “No one should have to suffer at the hands of gangmasters. I am really pleased to see the victims being brought to safety and given the advice they need.”

Anyone with concerns about modern slavery happening in their area should call Durham Constabulary on 101 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.

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Found Safe and well, School boy missing for 48 hours

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Cleveland Police have now confirmed missing schoolboy aged 12 has been found safe and well officers had launched an for missing Stockton 12-year-old who left with his school uniform and backpack.

We are pleased that this boy has now been found safe and well, Police Hour would like to thank Cleveland Police for their work during this search.

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Police say he has gone missing from the Oxbridge area of Stockton and a search has been underway since Friday night.

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“He will have a black backpack with him. Morgan is described as being white (pale complexion), 4ft 3in tall and of slim build. He has short, mousey blonde, hair.

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BREAKING British and French scrambled to North Sea

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British and French jets have scrambled to the North Sea amid reports that Russian planes have entered the UK airspace.

The RAF Typhoon fighter jet is supporting Airbus Voyager plane deployed from Newcastle after 3pm today.

The French have also supported in the deployment supporting with a fighter jet.

In total four jets were seen over the North Sea on mapping.

The RAF has declined to comment on the situation describing it as an ongoing military operation.

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Found Safe and well Missing Rachel Turnbull last seen at North Tees Stockton

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We are pleased to report that Rachel has now been found safe and well, We would like to thank Cleveland Police for their efforts during this search.

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Police are urgently appealing to trace missing 27-year-old Rachel Turnbull, who was last seen in the area of the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton at around 4.25pm this afternoon, Wednesday 19th September.

Rachel is originally from Peterlee and may have travelled back towards there.

She is described as a white female, around 5ft 7” tall and was wearing mousey brown hair in pig tails, jeans and grey trainers. She has lime green nail varnish on her finger nails, and had with her a white handbag with large black patches on it.

Anyone who may have seen Rachel or may know of her whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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