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Awards for police and Fenland District Council

Police and Fenland District Council at the awards
Police and Fenland District Council at the awards

An operation between police and Fenland District Council to tackle exploitation of migrant workers has picked up an award.

Operation Pheasant received the Partnership of the Year title while Operation Erle was highly commended at the Local Government Chronicle Awards in London on March 11.

The LGC award recognises partnerships that have undertaken innovative and sustainable work to successfully address local challenges.

Operation Pheasant was launched in early 2013 to tackle the complex issues of migrant exploitation, illegal gangmasters and poor conditions in private rented housing in Fenland, particularly in Wisbech.

It also resulted in the launch of Operation Endeavour, an inquiry led by police and Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) which resulted in two Latvian men, Juris Valujevs, 36, and Ivars Mezals, 28, being convicted of acting as unlicensed gangmasters in December.

As well as the police and the district council, Pheasant has involved HM Revenue and Customs, the Gangmaster Licensing Authority, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue and Home Office Immigration Enforcement.

Fenland Commander, Chief Insp Mike Hills, said: “Operation Pheasant is a great example of how different agencies can work together on a very complex social issue and get results.”

Leader of the district council John Clark said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have got further recognition for the work we are doing to help tackle these issues. This latest award is no more than Sarah Gove, our housing and communities manager, and her fellow officers deserve for the tremendous efforts they continue to put in, along with the police and other partners.”

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