4 charged with human trafficking offences

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Police have charged four men following a police incident that culminated in 29 Vietnamese being located in a van on the M5.

Police were called just before 7.10am on Friday 12 April to Newlyn, following reports that a group of people were seen getting into the back of a van from a boat.

The van and another vehicle were stopped by officers on the M5 near J28 just after 9 am in which 29 men women and children were located, all believed to be Vietnamese; Police and partners continue to take care of those located in the van.

Following this, police have now charged the following four men in connection to this incident.

  • Frank Walling aged 72 from Colne, Lancashire
  • Glen Martin Bennett aged 55 Burnley
  • Jon Ransom aged 63 from Kent
  • Keith Royston Plummer aged 62 from Sheerness

All four have been charged with the following offences:

  • S.2 Modern Slavery Act – Human Trafficking
  • S.25 Immigration Act – Assisting unlawful immigration to a member state

They have all been remanded in custody and will be appearing at Truro Magistrates Court on 15th April.

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