The squalid conditions a victim had to live in Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Members of a traveller family have been convicted of running a modern slavery ring which kept one of its captives in “truly shocking” conditions for decades. Vulnerable people were forced to work for the Rooney clan for little or no wages, while their pay-masters lived a life of lavish luxury. Operating from sites in Lincolnshire, they targeted victims who were homeless , had learning disabilities or complex drug and alcohol issues. The 11 gang-members, convicted of fraud and slavery charges, enjoyed holidays to Barbados and cosmetic surgery and even shelled out on a Manchester United soccer school, earned off the backs of their workers. Gang members revelled in luxurious holidays to Australia, Egypt and Mexico, high-performance BMWs, spa days and cosmetic surgery. It was a far cry from what Chief Superintendent Nikki Mayo, who led an investigation into the crime, described as the “suffering” inflicted on the men they employed. Labourers were forced to live in shabby run-down caravans, or in stables next to kennels, with little or no access to basics such as heating, water and toilets. Some were forced to squat in woods behind their living areas, while electricity was “dangerously” tapped from a nearby pylon.
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History of Milton Keynes Birth of a “New City”[ edit ] In the s, the British government decided that a further generation of new towns in the south-east of England was needed to relieve housing congestion in London. Population trend of Borough and Urban Area — Since the s, overspill housing for several London boroughs had been constructed in Bletchley.
The New Town informally and in planning documents, “New City” was to be the biggest yet, with a target population of , ,  in a “designated area” of 21, acres The site was deliberately located equidistant from London, Birmingham , Leicester , Oxford and Cambridge with the intention  that it would be self-sustaining and eventually become a major regional centre in its own right.
Before construction began, every area was subject to detailed archaeological investigation: The Corporation’s strongly modernist designs featured regularly in the magazines Architectural Design and the Architects’ Journal. They set in place the characteristic grid roads that run between districts ‘grid squares’ , as well as the intensive planting, lakes and parkland that are so evident today.
While still on the drawing board, planners noticed that the main streets near the proposed city centre would almost frame the rising sun on Midsummer’s Day. Greenwich Observatory was consulted to obtain the exact angle required at the latitude of Central Milton Keynes , and they managed to persuade the engineers to shift the grid of roads a few degrees in response.
The largest and almost the last of the British New Towns, Milton Keynes has ‘stood the test of time far better than most, and has proved flexible and adaptable’. Webber — , described by the founding architect of Milton Keynes, Derek Walker — , as the “father of the city”. From to a Government quango , the Milton Keynes Partnership , had development control powers to accelerate the growth of Milton Keynes. Along with many other towns and boroughs, Milton Keynes competed for formal city status in the , and competitions, but was not successful.
Nevertheless, the term “city” is generally used by its citizens, local media and bus services to describe itself, perhaps because the term “town” is taken to mean one of the constituent towns.
George opposite the large Waterworks Tower that dominated that ridge. I do not allege any significance in the relation of the two buildings; and I indignantly deny that the church was chosen because it needed the whole water-power of West London to turn me into a Christian. Nevertheless, the great Waterworks Tower was destined to play its part in my life, as I shall narrate on a subsequent page; but that story is connected with my own experiences, whereas my birth as I have said is an incident which I accept, like some poor ignorant peasant, only because it has been handed down to me by oral tradition.
And before we come to any of my own experiences, it will be well to devote this brief chapter to a few of the other facts of my family and environment which I hold equally precariously on mere hearsay evidence.
Some of the victims lived in this caravan while carrying out work for the gang Conditions were unpleasant inside the caravan where the slaves lived and slept The police said victims were also ‘poorly fed’ and often went hungry while they lived in the caravans If victims complained, the gang would say they still owed money and would claim more labour to pay off the bogus debts.
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Eleven members of same family convicted over modern slavery ring The Rooney family ran a driveway resurfacing company, illegally bringing 18 men to properties in Lincolnshire , Nottinghamshire and London and forcing them to work. Members of the gang sought out targets in the streets, hostels and shelters, offering work for food and accommodation at sites in Drinsey Nook and Washingborough, then used false promises, drugs, alcohol and violence to entrap them. Many of the victims, aged between 18 and 63, were homeless, while others had learning disabilities or complex drug and alcohol issues.
One man had been working for the family for 26 years. While the gang members lived in luxurious homes, bought high-performance cars and enjoyed holidays to Barbados and cosmetic surgery, their slaves were kept in squalid caravans or kennels, with little access to heating, water and toilets. They also used threats and violence, including punishment beatings, and victims were denied medical help for their injuries and illness.
His mere name, of course, is enough to recall wider memories.
But at sites in Drinsey Nook and Washingborough, the offers of fair work for fair pay were exposed as lies. However, it was through false promises, drugs, alcohol and violence, family members made sure they kept their victims ‘financially-trapped’ and under total control. In an emotional account of his life, the man’s sister told how he was beaten with a rake when he overslept, had his teeth smashed with a concrete slab and had been left ‘psychologically damaged’ by his dreadful ordeal.
Telling of her brother’s ordeal at the gang’s hands, the victim’s sister said: Prior to that conversation, John Rooney had actually made him dig a hole. Some were forced to squat in woods behind their living areas, while electricity was ‘dangerously’ tapped from a nearby pylon.
Rooney family behind modern slavery ring in Lincolnshire jailed for total of 79 years
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I mean that when a memory comes back sharply and suddenly, piercing the protection of oblivion, it appears for an instant exactly as it really was.