Statement from Marc Jones on Operation Pottery
An operation which led to the conviction of 11 people on modern slavery and fraud charges has been praised by the county’s police and crime commissioner.
The convictions are a result of Lincolnshire Police’s Operation Pottery – one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK.
Enforcement around Operation Pottery began on 22 September 2014 when seven warrants were executed almost simultaneously in three force areas – Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and London.
Lincolnshire’s PCC Marc Jones said the force deserved huge praise for the dedication and commitment to the difficult enquiry.
“The work by the force has been truly outstanding in this case and the result sends a strong message to those who seek to take advantage of the vulnerable,” he said.
“Slavery is an evil offence which has a terrible impact on the victims and I’m relieved that this gang has been prosecuted for their crimes.
“The meticulous, and sometimes harrowing, work done by our police officers will end the torment for their victims but we must remain vigilant and work tirelessly to eradicate this scourge from society.”