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Modern slavery victims found locked inside Cambridgeshire farm during £1.5m cannabis factory raid

Police seized 1,845 cannabis plants from an outbuilding worth £1.5m

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Two men in their 30s were inside a locked farm raided by police yesterday when 1,845 cannabis plants worth some £1.5m were found in an outbuilding. Both men are being treated as victims of modern slavery.

The raid was carried out on a farm in Offord Road, Graveley, a small village in South Cambridgeshire 5 miles southwest of Huntingdon.

Two potential victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded as a cannabis factory worth more than £1.5million was seized in Graveley.

Two potential victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded as a cannabis factory worth more than £1.5million was seized in Graveley.

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Officers from the Huntingdonshire Neighbourhood Team acted yesterday (17 April) after a member of the public reported a suspicious smell coming from the farm.

“Two men, aged 34 and 35, who are being treated as victims of modern slavery, were located inside locked premises and were safeguarded,” said a police spokesperson.

“Officers seized 1,845 plants within an outbuilding, with an estimated value of more than £1.5million

Two potential victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded as a cannabis factory worth more than £1.5million was seized in Graveley.

Two potential victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded as a cannabis factory worth more than £1.5million was seized in Graveley.

“An investigation is now underway to establish the circumstances and identify those responsible.”

Inspector Colin Norden, from the Huntingdonshire Neighbourhood Team, said: “This highlights the impact that cannabis cultivation has in relation to modern day slavery and the funding of organised crime. They are inextricably linked and neither have any place in our communities.

“Those who take advantage of others for organised criminality can expect to be brought to justice.

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“We urge anyone with information or suspicions regarding drug activity in their area to contact us or Crimestoppers.”

Two potential victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded as a cannabis factory worth more than £1.5million was seized in Graveley.

Two potential victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded as a cannabis factory worth more than £1.5million was seized in Graveley.

The police spokesperson added; “Modern slavery can happen anywhere in any situation. The signs of forced labour can be very different.

“Victims might look helpless and afraid, but they can also seem to accept their situation, be completely unaware of it, or even defend the people who are exploiting them.

“If you think modern slavery is happening, tell someone as soon as you think it’s safe to. This could be about a victim, a suspect, or a particular business or place. You will always be taken seriously, and protection and support it available.”

Two potential victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded as a cannabis factory worth more than £1.5million was seized in Graveley.

Two potential victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded as a cannabis factory worth more than £1.5million was seized in Graveley.

You can report modern slavery to Cambridgeshire police using their online crime reporting service.

“For more information about modern slavery and spotting the signs visit our dedicated webpage, “ said the spokesperson.

“Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or online.”

 

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