The slavery trial was reported here in July
. Yesterday, five members of the same family were convicted at a retrial of the lesser offence of conspiracy to hold men in forced labour. They are due back in court on Monday, when hopefully they will be given lengthy prison sentences, and we might just have heard the last of the odious Connors family.
The trial of
William Connors, his wife Breda, John Connors, James Connors and Miles Connors, was held at Bristol Crown Court. This was a complex case due both to the period of time over which the offences took place and to the mental states of many of the victims, vulnerable men who had been abused and ill-treated in some cases for many years.
Officers from Operation Tundra filmed at least one of the victims being beaten
at the family's caravan site, but they weren't so brave here; on their conviction it was reported they all began crying in the dock.