A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an investigation into modern slavery at two West Midlands scrapyards.
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Police raided CAP Recycling in Elwell Street, West Bromwich, and sister firm Black Country Recycling in Union Road, Oldbury, on 27 September. They originally arrested three men on suspicion of treating a group of eastern European nationals as slaves and paying them just £1 an hour.
Some 12 workers were brought in by the police to be ’safeguarded’, five of whom – three Polish men and a Slovakian man and woman – were identified as victims and said they were happy to support a criminal investigation.
All three men orignally arrested were released on bail after initial questioning. Two are UK nationals aged 52 and 26. The other is a 47-year-old Pakistani national.
In December, a West Midlands Police spokesperson told MRW the men had been called in for further questioning but released on bail while further evidence was being gathered.
The police service has now said a 50-year-old woman from West Bromwich was arrested just before Christmas in connection with the investigation and was released on bail pending further enquiries.
Meanwhile the three men originally arrested were called in for further questioning and have again been bailed.
A spokesperson for the service previously told MRW that modern slavery cases were difficult investigations.