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Two arrested on Fylde Coast by police looking into modern slavery and human trafficking

A 36 year old man and 33 year old woman are currently in custody.

Two people have been arrested this morning as part of an on-going modern slavery and human trafficking investigation.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious Crime Team, assisted by the National Crime Agency, executed a series of warrants at address on The Promenade in Blackpool; Church Street in Blackpool and Victoria Road West in Cleveleys.

A man aged 36 and a woman aged 33 have been arrested on suspicion of Modern Slavery, assisting unlawful immigration and money laundering.

They are both currently in custody.

A number of suspected trafficking victims were recovered from the addresses on the Prom and at Cleveleys and are now being safeguarded.

Searches are on-going at the three properties.

Support for today’s activity has been provided by the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Blackpool Council.

Inspector John Roy, of the Serious Crime Team, said:

“Lancashire Constabulary is committed to tackling exploitation of all kinds and we continue to work proactively to put an end to modern slavery.

“While we have arrested two people today our enquiries are very much on-going and I am grateful to the National Crime Agency and others for the support they have offered us today."

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