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Yeovil sex exploitation inquiry: Four people cleared

Four people accused of sex trafficking in Yeovil have been cleared of all charges against them.

Luke Fuller, 24, Jon Smillie, 28, Eleanor Dollery, 20, and Meetu Miah, 37, all from Yeovil, were charged as part of a wider police investigation into sexual exploitation in the town.

The four, who denied all the charges, were cleared due to a lack of evidence.

Avon and Somerset Police say their investigation into sexual exploitation in the Yeovil area is on-going.

Judge David Ticehurst told Taunton Crown Court that as no evidence had been submitted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) the cases must be dismissed.

Speaking after the case, a CPS spokesman said: "Following further recent enquiries, conducted as part of the continual review process, information came to light which meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction.

"This means the case cannot continue and we have therefore offered no evidence."

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