Two Kent men and two from Lancashire charged after 29 Vietnamese discovered in a van on the M5

Contributed by editor on Apr 14, 2019 - 03:30 PM


Devon and Cornwall Police was called just before 7.10am on Friday 12 April to Newlyn, Cornwall, following reports that a group of people were seen getting into the back of a van from a boat.

The van and another vehicle were stopped by officers on the M5 near J28 just after 9am in which 29 men women and children were located, all believed to be Vietnamese; Police and partners are taking care of those located in the van.

Following this, Devon and Cornwall Police has now charged four men; a 72-year-old from Colne, a 55-year old from Burnley, a 63-year-old from Kent and a 62-year-old from Sheerness, in connection to the incident.

All four have been charged with the following offences:
S.2 Modern Slavery Act – Human Trafficking
S.25 Immigration Act – Assisting unlawful immigration to a member state

They have all been remanded in custody and will be appearing at Truro Magistrates Court on 15th April.


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