Two arrested in connection with trafficking 29 Vietnamese nationals

Two arrested for trafficking 29 Vietnamese nationals

Two vehicles were caught on the M5 with 29 Vietnamese people inside

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Police in Devon and Cornwall have arrested and charged two men who pleaded guilty to trafficking Vietnamese people into the UK.

Frank Walling, 72, and Glen Bennett, 55, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Modern Slavery and Immigration Acts after 29 individuals from Vietnam were found crammed inside the two vehicles.

The vehicles were stopped by officers on the M5 near Cullompton, Devon, just after 9am on April 12.

The group had previously been spotted a few hours earlier getting off a boat in Newlyn, Cornwall, just after 7am.

Police subsequently arrested and charged Walling and Bennett, both from Lancashire, in connection to the incident.

They were also charged with manning a yacht carrying 29 Vietnamese nationals in breach of the Immigration Act.

The pair were informed by Judge Robert Linford that they will be sentenced at Truro Crown Court on October 11, and they have been remanded in custody.

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