Three charged with slavery offences after camp raid

Travellers' camp
Image caption The raids were carried out by about 120 officers

Three people have been charged with slavery offences following a police raid on a travellers' camp.

About 120 officers searched caravans and vehicles at the site in Ensign Way, Hamble, Hampshire, at 0530 BST on Friday.

A Swindon man, aged 19, an Oxfordshire woman, aged 59, and a Southampton man, aged 26, were charged under a new act brought in two years ago.

They are due to appear at Southampton Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The three were charged with offences under Section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

It created an offence of holding someone in slavery or servitude, or requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

A fourth person, a 25-year old-man from Bedfordshire, was also arrested for public order offences.

He has since been released on police bail.

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