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Thursday 09 November 2017, 11:16 AM

A man has appeared in court charged with two counts of holding a person in slavery or servitude.

Philip David Harvey, 35 and of Orchard Avenue, Cheltenham, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (7 November) in connection with the offences under section 1 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Gloucester Crown Court on 8 December.

The charges relate to two vulnerable men who it is believed have been threatened, forced to beg and "cuckooed" - a practice whereby a home is taken over for the purposes of dealing drugs. 

Detective Inspector Richard Pegler said: "As a force we will look to explore and use new legislation where necessary.

"The officers who attended the incident that sparked this case showed great awareness to intervene and protect the people involved."

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