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UK – GLA’s ‘Operation Endeavour’ continues to produce results

17 December 2013

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) announced that four arrests have been made in Wisbech following reports of the exploitation of workers, as part of a joint-agency operation between the local police and the GLA, known as Operation Endeavour.

A 33-year-old woman from King's Lynn was arrested in King's Lynn and two men, aged 37 and 49, both from Wisbech, were arrested on Tuesday. The fourth arrest involved a 25-year-old woman from King's Lynn, who was arrested in the town of March on Wednesday.

All are suspected of fraud and have been released on police bail until 12 February 2014.

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

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."   

Operating Endeavour was launched as a result of Operation Pheasant, a joint-agency campaign to tackle homes of multiple occupancy (HMOs) and poor living standards, which was launched in November 2012.

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