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Modern Slavery warrant executed in Helston, Cornwall

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Three men released under investigation

Three men aged 68, 49 and 41 were arrested following a warrant being executed at Bosahan Farm, Manaccan yesterday (8/2). All three men have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.


A number of potential victims receiving specialist support.

Specialist officers executed a warrant at Bosahan Farm, which is a flower picking farm near Manaccan, Helston this morning (Thursday 8 February) on the suspicion that modern slavery offences were taking place against migrant workers.

Following this, a 68-year-old man and a 41-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of Modern Slavery offences. A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being an unlicensed gangmaster. All three men are local to Helston, and all three remain in police custody.

Around 200 migrant workers at the farm had their welfare safeguarded by Cornwall Council with support from The Salvation Army and the British Red Cross.

Of these, fourteen men and women believed to be aged between 17-40 have elected to seek help through a National Referral Mechanism which means that potential victims are offered support.

Please visit the modern slavery website if you wish to know how to spot the signs of modern slavery and, if you have the slightest suspicion that there is a crime happening in your area, contact:

  • the national modern slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700
  • Non-emergency 101, 67101 sms/text number for the deaf/hard hearing/speech impaired 18001 101 Minicom/Textphone
  • Non-emergency email: 101 (or 999 if someone is in imminent danger)
  • or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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