GLAA appeal for witnesses in ‘man in shed’ investigation

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is appealing for witnesses to come forward to help its investigation into the alleged exploitation of a vulnerable worker in Cumbria.

GLAA officers rescued a British man from a 6ft shed he was believed to have been living in for the past four decades in October this year.

Another British man was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences at the fixed residential site North of Carlisle on the same day. The man has been interviewed further and released under investigation.

Commenting, GLAA senior investigating officer Martin Plimmer said: “The potential victim we identified is still receiving specialist care. He is being given every assistance to help him on what will be a long road to recovery. We would ask that we are allowed to continue this difficult process free from interference and disruption.

“Detailed and specific lines of enquiry are ongoing but we believe there may be some key witnesses out there who have not yet spoken to us. I’d like to appeal directly to those reading this who have any information which can help us in our investigation to please get in touch.

“Please be reassured that you will be spoken to in full confidence. Your evidence, however small or insignificant you think it is, could be crucial. Modern slavery cases are extremely complex by their very nature and we are committed to ensuring all avenues of investigation are fully and objectively explored.”

Anyone with information is advised to call the GLAA’s intelligence team on 0800 4320804 or email intelligence@gla.gov.uk.

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