Dorset

Suspected trafficking victims found in Bournemouth

AA Car Sales in Bournemouth
Image caption AA Clock garage and car wash was cordoned off by police who could be seen removing items

Six men - thought to be victims of forced labour and human trafficking - have been removed from a garage on a business unit in Bournemouth.

The men, aged between 20 and 30, were taken to a place of safety following a raid in Ringwood Road, police said.

A 23-year-old man was also arrested and later released on bail.

The raid, involving the National Crime Agency, Dorset Police, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Red Cross, began at about 07:45 GMT.

Officers were seen removing items from AA Clock garage and car wash throughout the morning.

Det Supt Kevin Connolly, of Dorset Police, said: "Today's operation is the result of a detailed and protracted inquiry and our primary aim is to protect and safeguard vulnerable victims."

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