Following the discovery of 29 people in the back of a van in Devon, UK government have charged four men with human trafficking as well as aiding unlawful immigration.
Subsequent to reports of a group of people who arrived the country on a boat before entering into the back of a van, Police – on Friday morning – found people in the back of a van stopped near Cullompton.
On Sunday, 62-year-old Keith Royston Plummer (Sheerness), 72-year-old Frank Walling (Colne), 55-year-old Glen Martin Bennett (Burnley) and 63-year-old Jon Ransom (Kent) were all charged with human trafficking as well as helping immigrants in the unlawful movement to a state in the country.
They were all detained in police custody pending their appearance in court on Monday.
Collaboration of Agencies
Police from Devon and Cornwall revealed that 29 people – men, women, and children – believed to be Vietnamese were found in a van and vehicle officers stopped on the M5 near J28. Both police and related partners are giving the necessary care to the people found.
Agencies including the Border Force, National Crime Agency and Immigration Enforcement have been contacted and are supporting the police to ensure proper handling of the situation.
What UK government move about these individuals is not yet known nevertheless agencies are providing necessary support in Devon and Cornwall which include the provision of accommodation for people below 18 pending the government’s decision. In relation to human trafficking, spokesperson of a British Red Cross said they provide the people with both emotional and physical support as the police look into the situation.
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