Cambridgeshire

Four arrested in Wisbech migrant worker exploitation probe

Two women and two men have been arrested in connection with the exploitation of workers in Fenland.

The arrests were made under Operation Endeavour, a police and Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) inquiry into migrant workers in the Wisbech area.

A woman, 33, from King's Lynn, Norfolk, and two men aged 37 and 49, from Wisbech, were arrested on Tuesday.

A woman, 25, was arrested in March on Wednesday. All were held on suspicion of fraud and have been bailed.

The arrests follow nine made in October after dawn raids in Wisbech, King's Lynn, and March, after which two men were charged.

Juris Valujevs, 35, of Turbus Road, King's Lynn, was charged with acting as an unlicensed gangmaster; fraud by false representation; conspiring to commit immigration offences and blackmail.

Ivars Mezals, 27, of Conference Way, Wisbech, was charged with acting as an unlicensed gangmaster, blackmail and fraud by false representation.

Both are due at Cambridge Crown Court for preliminary hearings in the new year.

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