Cumbria

Third man arrested over Carlisle shed slave probe

Shed Image copyright GLAA
Image caption The man was found allegedly living in a shed with only a chair, soiled duvet and metered TV

A third man has been arrested over the alleged enslavement of a man who investigators said lived in a shed for 40 years.

The 58-year-old was found by officers at a site near Carlisle in October, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) said.

A 20-year-old British national is the third person to be arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

He and two other men aged 79 and 53 have been released under investigation.

A GLAA spokesman said the 58-year-old man, who is British, was living in the shed with only a chair, soiled duvet and a metered television.

'Severely traumatised'

He has since been receiving specialist support and is now living in sheltered accommodation, the spokesman added.

GLAA senior investigating officer Martin Plimmer said: "He has made some positive progress and is clearly in a far better place than he was when we rescued him.

"We are under no illusions though that he still faces a very long road to recovery.

"He is being given every assistance but it will be a slow process, as he is severely traumatised from the alleged exploitation we believe he has endured for all his adult life."

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites