Norfolk

Five people in Norfolk charged over people trafficking

Five people arrested in a crackdown on people trafficking and related crimes in Norfolk have been charged and remanded in custody.

Police investigating human trafficking and prostitution raided addresses in Great Yarmouth earlier in the week.

A 23-year-old woman, and two men aged 33 and 34, have been charged and remanded in custody by magistrates.

A 46-year-old man appeared before Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court on Saturday and was also remanded in custody.

Nerijus Lekecinskas, 33, of Meadowland Drive, Bradwell, has been charged with two counts of rape, two counts of trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation, handling stolen goods, perverting the course of justice and controlling a person in prostitution for gain.

Marius Kamarauskas, 34, of Manby Road, Great Yarmouth, has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Rasa Legaite, 23, of Meadowland Drive, Bradwell, has been charged with perverting the course of justice, making a false statement in a marriage register and making a false declaration to procure marriage.

Four men bailed

All three appeared at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court earlier where they were remanded in custody until their next court appearance to be set at a later date.

Skirmantas Kvedaras, 46, of Isaacs Road, Cobholm, was also charged with two counts of rape and appeared before magistrates on Saturday.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Friday morning at an address on Admiralty Road in Great Yarmouth and questioned in connection with people-trafficking offences and rape, police said.

He has been bailed until 28 October pending further inquiries.

Four other men, aged 20, 29, 31, and 66, arrested in connection with the operation have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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