South East Wales

Four bailed over slavery charges in Rumney, Cardiff

Ystrad Mynach Police Station Image copyright Jaggery
Image caption The four men were arrested on Monday and held at Ystrad Mynach police station

Four people arrested on slavery and kidnap charges have been released on bail.

Homes in the Rumney area of Cardiff and Bristol were raided by police on Monday.

Four men from Rumney, aged 57, 37, 34 and 33, were questioned at Ystrad Mynach police station for alleged offences which spanned 26 years.

The allegations relate to two men, who police said were safe and being supported by officers.

Three men - aged 57, 37 and 33 - were held on suspicion of knowingly or conspiring to hold a person in slavery, servitude or requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour, kidnap, false imprisonment and assault.

A fourth man, 34, was arrested on suspicion of knowingly or conspiring to hold a person in slavery, servitude or requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour and assault.

All four were released on bail on Monday night.

A Gwent Police spokeswoman said the four arrests related to two alleged victims, who were not recovered from the addresses raided.

The arrests were made by officers working on the anti-slavery Operation Imperial.

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