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Bedfordshire slavery probe: Pregnant woman granted bail

Josie Connors
Heavily pregnant Josie Connors appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court

A heavily pregnant woman who appeared in court charged with slavery offences has been granted bail on condition she only leaves home to give birth.

Josie Connors, 30, was arrested with another woman and several men following a police raid on a travellers' site.

She is accused of keeping persons in servitude and false labour.

At Luton Magistrates' Court she was granted bail on condition that she lives with her family at the Greenacre Caravan Park near Leighton Buzzard.

District Judge Nicholas Leigh-Smith said she could leave only to give birth at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.

She is also forbidden from contacting two witnesses and can only allow family members to live at her address.

Police raided Greenacre Caravan Park on Sunday 11 September and 24 men were freed and taken into safety.

Mrs Connors' brothers, James, 23, Tommy, 27 and Patrick, 19, together with Josie's husband James, 33, were remanded in custody on similar charges.

On Tuesday, another family member, Johnny Connors, 30, was also remanded in custody.

All six will appear at Luton Crown Court on 5 December.

A 51-year-old man has been released on police bail pending medical treatment and a 61-year-old woman was bailed to return to Luton Police Station on 31 October.

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