Police have been targeting local businesses in a handful of Wiltshire towns as they crack down on modern slavery and human trafficking.

On Monday, November 27, officers conducted immigration and welfare checks at businesses in Chippenham, Calne and Corsham to identify any potential offences.

These checks were carried out at nail bars, car washes and building sites in the three towns.

No arrests were made, but Sgt Mike Tripp warned further checks would be carried out regularly.

He said: “Throughout the day, officers attended approximately 10 premises to conduct immigration checks on workers, as well as checks on general working conditions and the welfare of those at the premises.

“While no arrests have been made today, it is important that our officers continue to regularly check that employees are working legally and being treated appropriately.

“It’s also crucial that business owners check the immigration status of any employees they are hiring. We will continue to clamp down on those breaching laws around immigration and employees rights.”

The investigations came as part of a week of action in the Chippenham area, involving visits to local schools and colleges.

Anyone with information about a suspected crime should contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.