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Four charged over Oxford fraud and slavery offences

Four people have been charged in connection with fraud and slavery offences in Oxford.

The offences, which include assault, conspiring to hold a person in servitude and forced labour, all relate to one victim, a 27-year-old man, police said.

Three men and one woman, aged between 24 and 32, from Oxford and Hertfordshire, are in custody.

They are due to appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Michael Joyce, 24, of Redbridge Hollow, Old Abingdon Road, Oxford, has been charged with one count of conspiring to hold another person in slavery/servitude and one count of conspiring to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

Helen Cash, of the same address, is charged with one count of conspiring to hold another person in slavery/servitude, two counts of conspiring to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour and three counts of fraud.

Paul Joyce, 32, of Redbourn bypass, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, is charged with one count of conspiring to hold another person in slavery/servitude, two counts of conspiring to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, five counts of fraud and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Ifran Iqbal, 29, of Millfield Walk in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, faces one count of conspiring to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour and one count of fraud.

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