Slavery inquiry: Search at Cariad Farm, Peterstone ends without body

Officers searching site in Marshfield Gwent Police's search at Cariad Farm, in Peterstone, near Marshfield, on the outskirts of Newport, had focused on a compost heap

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A search for a body as part of an investigation into alleged slavery has ended without any human remains being found.

Gwent Police's search at Cariad Farm, in Peterstone, near Marshfield, on the outskirts of Newport, had focused on a compost heap.

A Polish man was found living in poor conditions after a raid a week ago.

A father and his two sons have been remanded in custody charged with slavery offences.

The raid was carried out as part of Operation Imperial.

Another man aged 60, also British, was found during a raid at a former plant nursery in nearby St Brides last Tuesday as part of the investigation.

Three men arrested in connection with that raid have all been released on police bail.

Gwent Police said although a body had not been found the search had led to the discovery of items which would be assessed for "evidential value in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service".

Det Supt Paul Griffiths, who is leading Operation Imperial, said: "Since Monday 23 September officers and staff have been at the site in the Peterstone and I'm very grateful to the public for their support and understanding.

"I'm also very grateful to those people who have taken the time to contact us with information in relation to this on-going investigation.

"I continue to appeal to anyone who may have any information to contact us by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 66 23/09/13."

Daniel Doran, 66, Thomas Doran, 36, David Daniel Doran, 42, appeared before Cwmbran magistrates last week.

All three were charged with false imprisonment, conspiracy to hold a person in servitude and conspiracy to force a person to work.

Daniel Doran, known as "Big Dan", and David Dan Doran, known as "Young Dan", are both of Cariad Farm, Peterstone.

Thomas Doran, known as Tom, is of Shire Newton Caravan Site, Coast Road, Cardiff. He is also charged with kidnapping by fraud.

A 42-year-old woman has been released on police bail.

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