Thursday 14 December 2017

Maeve Sheehan: No hint of terror within unremarkable city flat

Plainclothes police officers made door-to-door enquiries in the Brixton area yesterday. Police outside the block of flats in Brixton where the women were allegedly held captive

OLD cassette tapes of Indian music, a box of women's hair product and a plastic box filled with coloured pens and markers.

These were the ordinary household items arranged on the window sill of the south-London maisonette where an Irish woman and two others were allegedly held as "slaves".

As British police continued their house-to-house inquiries, neighbours on the council estate off Brixton Road expressed amazement that three women who lived in the ground floor flat were captives, bound by "invisible handcuffs" and cult-like domination to 30 years of emotional and physical abuse.

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