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Traveller family members found guilty of keeping homeless men as 'slaves'

The victims were beaten, fed little and forced to work almost non-stop, a UK court heard.

Police at the Greenacres site at the time of the arrests last year
Police at the Greenacres site at the time of the arrests last year
Image: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FOUR MEMBERS OF a Traveller family have been found guilty of forcing homeless men to work in conditions of virtual slavery.

Tommy Connors Snr and his son Patrick Connors, as well as his daughter Josie and her husband James John Connors, were all convicted on charges relating to keeping the men in servitude.

The court heard the victims were beaten and verbally abused as they worked six days a week for almost no pay and very little food, the BBC reports.

They slept in shed and horseboxes in often filthy conditions and were forced to work for the Connors’ block paving business.

When the men were rescued from the Greenacres site in Bedfordshire last year by police many had scars, broken ribs and dog bite wounds, the Telegraph reports.

The judge at Luton Crown Court is due to sentence the four today. Seven members of the family were on trial but the jury failed to reach verdicts on three others, according to the Independent.

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