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Connors Sentenced to Total of Over 18 Years for Forced Labour Conspiracy
December 19 2012
Five members of the Connors family found guilty of forcing people to work for them have today been sentenced to a total of over 18 years.
They were convicted at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (December 14) of conspiring with each other to require other persons to perform forced or compulsory labour.
William Connors, 51, formerly of Gloucester Road in Staverton was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment.
Breda Connors, 48, formerly of Gloucester Road in Staverton was sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment
John Connors, 29, formerly of Gloucester Road in Staverton was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
James Connors, 20, formerly of Gloucester Road in Staverton was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Miles Connors, 24 and formerly of Bowling Back Lane in Bradford was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
The charges relate to the period between April 5 2010 and March 23 2011, when the Connors were using a number of victims, many of whom were vulnerable members of society who had been picked up off the streets, to perform a range of building and manual labour jobs across the country.
Many of the victims were housed in squalid conditions in caravans at sites including Beggars Roost in Cheltenham. When paid they received only a pittance and were subject to assaults, theft of benefits, ill-treatment and exploitation.
A year long investigation including a five month surveillance operation by Gloucestershire Constabulary culminated in March 2011 when officers carried out warrants at sites in Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire and 19 vulnerable people were rescued.