Three suspected trafficked women found in property

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Three Polish women suspected to be victims of human trafficking have been discovered in a flat in Preston.

Officers raided a rented property within the Woodrow House complex on Mercer Street, off New Hall Lane, Fishwick, Preston, just before midday on Wednesday as part of a bigger probe led by Cheshire police.

The women, all adults, were taken away to a “safe location” and spoken to by specially trained officers as other teams searched the property.

Nobody was arrested in the Preston arm of the operation.

However, in linked raids in Nantwich and Crewe, a 49-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were arrested.

They are currently helping police with their inquiries.

Further raids were carried out at properties in Stoke-on-Trent, London, Bristol and searches carried out.

Sgt Paul McLernon of Fulwood Police, said: “Approximately six officers from Cheshire, accompanied by a PC from Preston, carried out the visit.

“Other officers from Cheshire and the National Crime Agency came to interview those found inside and search the property.

“It’s obviously a national problem, addresses were visited in other areas and the action shows it is taken seriously.

“These people will be treated as victims of human trafficking.”

It is not clear how long the trio had been there.

The probe is continuing.

It comes a month after suspected illegal immigrants were discovered in three houses during a day of action against human trafficking launched by Lancashire Police.

Five people were found in a house on School Lane, Lostock Hall.

Anyone with information can call 101.