Two arrested during Anti-Slavery Day initiative

TWO arrests were made during a multi-agency day of action to mark Anti-Slavery Day on Friday (October 18).

A 40-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman from Hastings were detained during the operation by Sussex Police, Department of Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, Gangmasters Licensing Authority(GLA) and Hastings Borough Council, arrested on suspicion of fraud.

They have now been released on bail for three months while enquiries continue.

Welfare checks were carried out at several addresses in St Leonards to look for signs of exploitation.

Anti-Slavery Day falls on October 18 each year, and aims to raise awareness of the scale of human trafficking.

District commander, chief inspector Paul Phelps, said: “This day of action has seen police working with partner agencies to seek information about any signs of exploitation in the community.

“It is about agencies working together, sharing information and acting upon it in a co-ordinated approach.”