Brothers deny traveller site slavery charges

Travellers' camp
Image caption The raid was carried out by about 120 officers

Three brothers charged with slavery offences following a police raid on a travellers' camp in Hampshire have pleaded not guilty.

About 120 officers searched caravans and vehicles at the site in Ensign Way, Hamble, in June.

John, 26, and William, 34, from Nottingham and Jerry Conners, 19, from Swindon denied six charges of holding another in slavery or servitude.

The brothers will appear again at Southampton Crown Court on 10 February.

A trial has been preliminary listed for May.

Jerry Conners, of Beechcroft Road, Swindon and John and William Conners of Bestwood Road, Nottingham, have been charged with offences under Section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

It created an offence of holding someone in slavery or servitude, or requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

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