Acting on specific information gathered over recent months key individuals were identified in connection with criminality. Warrants were served at seven properties on River View, Mill Lane in Brigg and one warrant was served at a storage unit on Santon Business Park on Tuesday 9 January.
Superintendent David Hall, who led the operation said, "The initial multi agency operation went to plan and we are now at the stage where we have questioned those arrested and can release them under investigation to allow our enquiries to continue. We have seized a significant amount of property which will need to be identified, logged and its rightful owners found."
We arrested one man on suspicion of modern day slavery, Superintendent Hall said, "Modern day slavery is a term which is used to describe acts such as human trafficking, slavery, servitude and enforced or compulsory labour. Modern day slavery can happen anywhere, and for us it is about the identification of that hidden harm and look beyond what we see on the face of things. Our staff are committed to being able to recognise the symptoms of modern day slavery and recognise any hidden harm and engage with the victims of exploitation. Our enquiries into this offence are continuing"
"We will consider any information and intelligence about people who are vulnerable and may be at risk of exploitation. This can be reported to us by speaking with your local police officers or by calling 101. Vulnerability is a priority to the police and our partners and we are committed to safeguarding those vulnerable victims and tackling those that exploit them.
Superintendent Hall then went on to say, "We welcome information and intelligence about people who are suspected of criminal activity in the community. Any information we receive may form future operations. We will continue to take action against those who are involved.
"I want to give a message out to our community in the Brigg and North Lincolnshire area: we are committed to community engagement and we respect the diverse nature of North Lincolnshire and all of the communities within it. We have a Brigg based community policing team who can respond to identified concerns of their local community in a professional and timely manner, showing due respect and consideration for those affected."
"I hope that Tuesday's operation provides reassurance to the community of North Lincolnshire that we respond to concerns in a professional and timely manner, showing due respect and consideration for those affected."
If you have any information that would help us identify those involved in crime in your area please speak to your local community policing team or call us on 101. We will act on the information you provide and can make your community safer for everyone.