Police continue hunt for body on Newport farm
Updated 4:39pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
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- FOUR people arrested
- More than 100 police officers searched addresses in Peterstone, Penhow and Cardiff
- A 43-year-old man was found to be living in Peterstone in “very poor conditions”
- A body may be buried at the Peterstone address
- Specially trained officers, equipment and a forensic archaeologist have been deployed
A dumper truck arrives at Cariad Farm in Peterstone this afternoon as the search for a body continues.
SLAVERY PROBE: Search for body continues
A map showing the area of the search
A neighbouring man said the family owning the farm at the centre of the slavery investigation were private people: "They keep themselves to themselves. I sold them hay once, about ten years ago. They seemed alright. We don't know a lot about them. They've been here years and years.
It's a very peaceful village."
Slavery allegations 'shocking' - Home Office
A spokesman for the Home Office said: “This is a shocking case and an appalling reminder of the extent to which slavery has reappeared in our country. The Home Secretary has made clear her determination to tackle the scourge of modern slavery and the organised criminal gangs behind it.
"We are already taking action on a number of fronts. We are working with front line professionals to help them better identify and support potential victims. The new National Crime Agency will, from next month, lead an enhanced and co-ordinated response to targeting trafficking gangs, and we will be overhauling and updating legislation by bringing forward a draft Modern Slavery Bill this session.”
The man who taken from the Peterstone site by police yesterday, believed to have been of Eastern European origin, remains at an undisclosed medical reception centre where his physical and mental condition is being assessed.
It’s believed that he is a Polish national and is currently being supported by specialist officers and British Red Cross personnel.
The RSPCA as well as a veterinary surgeon will be at the scene today to help ensure the wellbeing of the horses.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths commented:
“As a result of the publicity generated by the police activity I’m grateful to the people who have contacted us with information which is assisting our enquiry.
“Importantly we’ve received a number of calls from individuals who may also be potential victims or important witnesses.
“I’m urging those individuals, to contact the investigation team again by ringing our dedicated number 01633 647174 as we believe they may have more information which could be of assistance.
“In addition I’m making a personal appeal to the author of an anonymous letter which was sent to a neighbouring Force some months ago to contact us. The letter contains information which may be vital to this investigation and we need that person to contact us using the dedicated investigation number 01633 647174
“Any information can be provided in complete confidence and officers and staff can provide any appropriate support. I would also urge anyone else who may have any other information relating to this investigation, no matter how unimportant it may seem, to pick up the phone and contact us.
Gwent Police said specialist officers, equipment and a Forensic Archaeologist are part of the team searching for a body which may have been buried at the site.
Still a heavy police presence here, but not as many vehicles as yesterday. Police expect to be here in Peterstone at least three days— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) September 24, 2013
The entrance to Cariad Farm, where police are excavating for a body they suspect may be buried there pic.twitter.com/rlvg5MFvqU— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) September 24, 2013
The scene inside the police cordon this morning at the investigation into slavery at Peterstone Wentlooge pic.twitter.com/bGbPMguXXB— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) September 24, 2013
Excavations continue today in search of a body at the farm at the centre of a slavery probe.
Police said yesterday they expected to be on site at the Cariad Farm in Peterstone, near Marshfield on the outskirts of Newport, for at least three days.
A Gwent Police spokesman said: “I think the gridding out has taken priority so I’m not sure they did a huge amount of digging yesterday. That will start in earnest today.”
Four people were arrested after a team of more than 100 officers raided three locations early yesterday morning, suspecting people were being kept in poor conditions at the Marshfield site and forced to work for no pay.
Officers, including armed police, also executed search warrants at a site in Cardiff and in Penhow in Monmouthshire as part of Operation Imperial.
The six-month operation was sparked when Darrell Simester, 43, from Kidderminster, was discovered in a rundown caravan in Peterstone earlier this year and claimed he was kept as a slave by travellers. He had been missing for 13 years.
An Eastern European man was taken from the horse farm in Peterstone, Marshfield, yesterday and taken to hospital. He was given humanitarian aid by the Red Cross.
Forensic excavators measured out a grassy bank before moving in a digger, after police were given information a body may be buried there.
Gwent Police is working with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), other forces, the UK Human Trafficking Centre, the RSPCA and the Red Cross.
The four people arrested, a 66 year old man and a 42 year old from Marshfield, a 36 year old man from Cardiff and a 42 year old woman from Penhow, Monmouthshire area, are in police custody and being questioned.
Police expect to release more information this morning.
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