A suspected modern slavery victim has been rescued from a garden shed where he has lived for more than 40 years.
The 58-year-old was found at a mobile home site north of Carlisle in Cumbria in a dawn raid on Wednesday by officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).
The potential modern slavery victim was taken by specialist trauma officers to be medically examined and assessed, said GLAA.
A 79-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences.
Terrors. And this might be an unkind reading but:
It was reported that the arrested man lived in a mobile home and the shed stood outside it.
A member of staff who helps run the site said: “Most people were aware that he was living there, he was a nice enough man.
“I used to say to him “you’ll have to get yourself a flat” but he didn’t seem to want to move, the shed was where he lived as far as he was concerned.
“He was free to come and go, he’d get lifts into town and that kind of things.
“The thing is that he seems to have learning difficulties and people thought he was being looked after and seemed pretty happy with that.
“They used to feed him and treat him well he was never abused by them, he was treated like one of the family, but lived in the shed.
Well, care in the community or modern slavery, your call.