Operation Pheasant has uncovered 216 cases of gangmaster activity since its launch, report reveals

Officers entering the house in Colvile Road, Wisbech, as part of Operation Pheasant.

Officers entering the house in Colvile Road, Wisbech, as part of Operation Pheasant. - Credit: Archant

Eleven cases of human trafficking, including five sham marriages, have been uncovered since the launch of an operation to tackle migrant exploitation in Fenland, a report has revealed.

Since Operation Pheasant, a multi-agency taskforce involving Cambs Police, Fenland District Council and the UK Border Agency, was launched in November 2013, 216 cases of gangmaster activity have been discovered.

490 property inspections have taken place, leading to 270 notices being issued under housing and planning legislation. 213 Category 1 hazards and 257 Category 2 hazards have been removed.

Officers have also carried out 356 fire safety assessments and closed nine premises.

205 people are no longer illegally housed, while 53 people have been voluntarily repatriated.


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1378 information packs have been distributed about rights and responsibilities to tenants and 159 benefit offences uncovered.

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