Family denies slavery ring charge

Three members of a family have denied running a slavery ring exploiting up to 20 vulnerable people.

William Connors, 51, wife Brida, 47, and son-in-law Miles Connors, 22, all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to hold a person in slavery or servitude.

They also denied conspiracy to require a person to carry out forced or compulsory labour.

The couple, from Gloucester, and Miles, of Bradford, appeared at Bristol Crown Court and were remanded in custody.

The offences are alleged to have happened between April 2010 and March this year.

William and Brida, of Bamfurlong Lane, Staverton; and Miles, of Mary Street; will go on trial on 31 October.

John Connors, 28, of Beggars Roost Caravan Park, Staverton, the son of William and Brida, did not enter pleas.

He was released on conditional bail to an address in Wrexham.

The charges were brought under slavery, servitude and forced labour legislation, which is a new offence under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

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