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Home Office leads joint operation at two car wash sites in Rainham

One establishment was ordered to close 

The Home Office has led an investigation into licensing, immigration and modern slavery offences at two car wash services in Rainham. 

It’s Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority conducted a joint operation at the establishments in New Road on Tuesday morning. Police, the London Fire Brigade and Havering Council’s Immigration and Housing departments also attended. 

One of the businesses was ordered to close and people were also stopped from living in an adjacent house.

At the second property, three people were found to be in the country illegally and they are now being dealt with by immigration authorities. 

Enquiries are now underway into the low pay and long hours worked by the employees. 

The London Fire Brigade also found breaches of fire regulations at both sites which they will continue to examine. 

“This operational activity is a perfect example of successful partnership working,” said Inspector Rob McElroy, from the Met’s East Area Command. “All of the lead agencies relating to the issues raised by the community were present, allowing swift action to be taken.

“Local people raised concerns around planning breaches, fire hazards, exploitation of workers and immigration – all of those issues were addressed during this operation.

“I urge anyone with concerns around safeguarding, crime or public safety to contact their local officers without delay. Your local knowledge can, and does, make a difference.”

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