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Police have charged four men with modern slavery offences after 29 people were found in the back of a van.

Officers had stopped the vehicle on the M5 near Cullompton in Devon on Friday morning.

It followed reports members of the group, which included men, women and children, were seen getting into the van in Newlyn, Cornwall, after arriving on a boat.

They are believed to come from Vietnam.

Frank Walliing, 72, from Colne; Jon Ransom, 63, from Kent; Keith Royston Plummer, 62, from Sheerness; and Glen Martin Bennett, 55, from Burnley, have been charged with human trafficking and assisting unlawful immigration to a member state.

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Police have charged four men in relation to the incident on Friday. Pic: File

The men have been remanded in custody.

They are due to appear before Truro Magistrates on Monday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The van and another vehicle were stopped by officers on the M5 near J28 just after 9am in which 29 men, women and children were located, all believed to be Vietnamese.

“Police and partners continue to take care of those located in the van.”

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