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‘Slavery victim’, 58, is rescued from shed ‘where he has lived for more than 40 YEARS’

‘Slavery victim’, 58, is rescued from shed ‘where he has lived for more than 40 YEARS’ after dawn raid that saw 79-year-old man arrested

  • British man may have been living in green shed near Carlisle from the age of 18
  • Victim, now 58,  taken to safety by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
  • Photographs of the shed show it had a bed on the floor and a single chair inside
  • A  79-year-old British man now held on suspicion of modern slavery offences

A suspected slavery victim was today rescued from the shed where he has lived for more than 40 years.

The 58-year-old British man was found to have been living in the decrepit green-painted 6ft square shed near Carlisle, Cumbria.

The alleged victim, who is feared to have been held there from the age of 18, appears to have been living in a building with one chair, a makeshift bed on the floor and an electric heater for decades.

But today he was helped to safety by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). 

Police have arrested a 79-year-old on suspicion of holding a 48-year-old as a slave in this Carlisle shed for up 40 years

Police have arrested a 79-year-old on suspicion of holding a 48-year-old as a slave in this Carlisle shed for up 40 years

GLAA officers attended a home north of Carlisle to carry out the dawn raid and recover the potential victim.  

He has been taken away by specialist trauma officers to be medically examined and assessed. 

A 79-year-old British man has now been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

The operation has been supported by specialist officers from the National Crime Agency, the Cumbria Housing Department who are investigating possible health and safety breaches, and officers from Cumbria Police. 

 

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