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Bristol 'slavery' raids: Fourth potential victim contacts police

Police investigating alleged slavery in the Bristol area have said a fourth potential victim has come forward.

Seven people were arrested following a series of raids in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The raids follow an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking by Avon and Somerset Police.

Three men believed to be victims were rescued. Now a fourth man, in his 30s has come forward and is being looked after by specialist support workers.

The raids were carried out on Sunday as part of Operation Wanderer.

'Positive sign'

"This remains an investigation very much focussed on locating, safeguarding and protecting victims," said Head of CID, Ch Supt Julian Moss.

"As a direct result of our operation on Sunday, another man has come forward identifying himself as a victim.

"This is a positive sign and we are hopeful more people will now feel able to speak out.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the operation - two for slavery offences, two for drugs and two for money laundering.

They have all been granted police bailed to dates between mid-January and late February to allow time for further inquiries.

A seventh man picked up during the raids already had a court warrant out for his arrest, a police spokesperson said.

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