Wednesday 22 November 2017

Pregnant mum is fifth person charged with slavery offences

Diana Pilkington

A female Irish Traveller has been charged with conspiring to hold people as slaves and forcing them to carry out work at a travellers' site, police said.

Heavily pregnant Josie Connors, 30, is the fifth person to be charged with offences in relation to the Greenacres travellers' site in Bedfordshire, which was raided by police on Sunday.

She was arrested on Sunday and yesterday charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit offence of holding people in servitude, as well as two counts of requiring people to perform forced labour, Bedfordshire Police said.

Connors, will appear at Luton Magistrates Court on Thursday September 22, and remains on bail until then.

Four men were remanded in custody on Tuesday after appearing in court charged with enslaving four men found at the travellers' site.

Brothers James (Jimmy) Connors, 23, Tommy Connors, 27, and Patrick Connors, 19, appeared at Luton Magistrates Court along with brother-in-law James (Big Jim) Connors, 33.

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