Granddad and son charged after man, 58, found ‘living in a shed’ for 40 years

A granddad and his son are accused of human trafficking offences after a man was found in a shed which he had allegedly lived in for 40 years.

Peter Swailes, 80, and Peter Swailes, 55, were arrested after a British man was found in a 6ft green shed in Carlisle, Cumbria.

Police raided the property after a tip-off about a man being kept in squalid conditions at Hadrian’s Camp, which is a homeless and travellers’ site.

They found the 58-year-old man with a soiled duvet in a shed at the caravan park.

The man was said to be like a “rabbit in the headlights” when officers discovered him.

The Swailes appeared before Carlisle Magistrates’ Court today, a spokesman for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) said.

Both were charged with conspiracy to organise the travel of an individual with a view to exploiting them contrary to Section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

The charges came following a three-year investigation by the GLAA, supported by Cumbria Police and the National Crime Agency, after a 58-year-old man was found living in a six-foot shed on a residential site north of Carlisle in October 2018.

Investigators found there was no heating in the cramped shed, with a soiled duvet on the floor and a metered television.

Swailes and Swailes are due to appear before Carlisle Crown Court on Tuesday April 6 for a plea and direction hearing .