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Car washes in Derby closed after multi-agency operation

Posted on 12th July 2018

Last week our officers, together with relevant partnership agencies, attended three car washes in Derby to address issues such as pay and conditions, health and safety and fire safety.

Officers from our Operation Wilberforce team attended three car washes on Nottingham Road, Chaddesden, Blagreaves Lane, Derby and St Thomas Road, Normanton over two days, July 4 and 6.

They were accompanied by staff and officers from HM Revenue and Customs, Health and Safety Executive, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Derby City Council.

USA car wash in Chaddesden and Waves in Normanton were both shut down by partner agencies for health and safety and housing issues.

A 22-year-old man was arrested for failing to appear at court.

Detective Sergeant Gareth Smethem said: “Operation Wilberforce is a team that was set up in 2017 to identify victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

“The team often works with partner agencies as there are many elements to these types of investigations. It is crucial that other agencies are involved as we all hold different powers to bring offenders to justice and to improve the way that these types of businesses are run.

“People can help by learning how to spot the signs of modern slavery and contacting us if they have any suspicions.

“If we can identify victims, we can put them through the National Referral Mechanism to get the support and help they need.”

David Keane, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, said: “Some employees were put at serious risk from unsafe electrical equipment and could have been killed. We took immediate action to stop the use of that equipment until it is made safe or replaced. We also ensured that other risks were being properly controlled and suitable welfare facilities were provided.

“Everyone has a right to same levels of health and safety protection regardless of where they work or what they do. HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”


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