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Man bailed in bakery slave labour probe in West Bromwich

A man was arrested after a human trafficking swoop found three men suspected of being used for "slave labour" at a bakery, police said.

He was held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit human trafficking for labour exploitation and later bailed.

The three Polish workers, two aged 50 and one 46, were found in two "cramped bedrooms" after the warrant was executed in West Bromwich on Monday.

The men were believed to be receiving £60 for working up to 50 hours a week.

The arrested man, who is also from Poland and 24 years old, has been bailed until February as inquiries continue. Bail conditions prevent him from leaving the UK, a West Midlands Police spokesman said.

The force said the human trafficking operation had seen 10 Polish nationals arrested on suspicion of being part of an organised trafficking gang.

Eight men and two women are on bail while detectives investigate claims made by about 40 people that they worked as "slaves" and were threatened with violence.

Officers carried out a second raid in a nearby house which led to three Polish men who had been living at the address going to a police station the following day.

Det Ch Insp Dale said the men reported they had been brought to the UK under false pretences and were being denied wages.

"They've expressed a wish to return home so we're helping in that repatriation process," he said.

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