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Modern slavery suspect arrested near Ipswich town centre

PUBLISHED: 15:34 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 02 August 2018

The food sector is among forms of employment linked with fears of modern day slavery  Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO

The food sector is among forms of employment linked with fears of modern day slavery Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO

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A man was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery following a dawn raid on an Ipswich property.

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) officers made the arrest, assisted by Suffolk police, on Thursday morning.

The operation took place at about 5.30am, north-east of the town centre, where a 42-year-old Romanian man was arrested for suspected human trafficking offences and acting as an unlicensed gangmaster.

It followed allegations concerning the supply of workers into the regulated food processing sector, and the control of their work through accommodation, wages and other aspects.

Seven Romanian nationals are being supported by the GLAA, which used powers to search and seize evidence.

Anyone with suspicions of slavery or exploitation should contact the GLAA on 0800 432 0804 or at intelligence@glaa.gsi.gov.uk. Alternatively, contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

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