Four further arrests in Operation Endeavour

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Four further arrests have been made in connection with the exploitation of workers in the Wisbech area.

The arrests, which are part of Operation Endeavour, were made in Wisbech, March and King’s Lynn.

Two men, aged 37 and 49, both from Wisbech, were arrested in Wisbech and a 33-year-old woman from King’s Lynn was arrested in King’s Lynn on Tuesday (December 10).

A 25-year-old woman from King’s Lynn was arrested in March yesterday (December 11).

All were arrested on suspicion of fraud and have been released on police bail until February 12.

The arrests follow the nine arrests made during a day of action in October which involved police, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), the National Crime Agency (NCA), Fenland District Council, the Home Office and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

Operation Endeavour is an on-going police and GLA inquiry into the exploitation of migrant workers in the Wisbech area, mainly from Lithuania and Latvia.

It was launched as a result of Operation Pheasant, a joint-agency campaign to tackle homes of multiple occupancy and poor living standards which started in November last year.

Fenland Commander, Chief Inspector Mike Winters said: “These arrests show that our work with the GLA to tackle exploitation continues unabated.

“Op Endeavour was not a one-off day of action and we will continue to seek out those who are gaining from others’ suffering.”