Travellers Found Guilty In Slavery Trial

Four members of a traveller family have been found guilty of forcing destitute men into servitude.

Tommy Senior, James John, Patrick and Josie Connors were convicted of controlling, exploiting, verbally abusing and beating the men for financial gain at a caravan site near Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire.

During the trial, the jury at Luton Crown Court heard that the complainants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were forced to work in the Connors' block paving business.

The 13-week trial heard the men were allegedly given almost no food, forced to wash in cold water and were paid little or no money for working up to 19 hours a day, six days a week.

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