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Three arrests over ‘modern slavery’ at nursing homes

Arrests: Ashville was part of inquiry

THREE people have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery following police operations at two care homes in South Wales.

Gwent Police are investigating allegations that some staff at Danygraig Nursing Home in Newport and Ashville Residential Care Home in Brithdir are victims of the crime.

Two men, aged 53 and 64, from Newport, and a 43-year-old man from Surrey have been arrested and were being held in custody yesterday.

Gwent Police said a reception centre for potential victims has been set up and specialist officers from the force’s Human Trafficking Team are working with the British Red Cross, the Salvation Army and others to support them.

Det Ch Supt Nicky Brain thanked residents and their families for their co-operation and said: ‘We would like to reassure them that this investigation is not as a result of any concerns raised regarding crimes committed against people residing in these homes.’

■ A GROUP of 15 people discovered in the back of a lorry on the A350 near Chippenham, Wiltshire, have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. A man in his 50s from Ireland was held on suspicion of assisting with illegal entry to the UK. One of the suspected migrants was taken to hospital as a precaution before being released into custody.