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Four charged following Newlyn and Cullompton incidents

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All due before Truro Magistrates on Monday 15 April

Police have charged four men following a police incident that culminated in 29 Vietnamese being located in a van on the M5.

Police were called just before 7.10am on Friday 12 April to Newlyn, following reports that a group of people were seen getting into the back of a van from a boat.

The van and another vehicle were stopped by officers on the M5 near J28 just after 9am in which 29 men women and children were located, all believed to be Vietnamese; Police and partners continue to take care of those located in the van.

Following this, police have now charged the following four men in connection to this incident.

  • Frank Walling aged 72 from Colne, Lancashire
  • Glen Martin Bennett aged 55 Burnley
  • Jon Ransom aged 63 from Kent
  • Keith Royston Plummer aged 62 from Sheerness 

All four have been charged with the following offences:

  • S.2 Modern Slavery Act – Human Trafficking
  • S.25 Immigration Act – Assisting unlawful immigration to a member state

They have all been remanded in custody and will be appearing at Truro Magistrates Court on 15th April.


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