‘Dangerous’ Swindon church closed as Romanians are found living there in squalor

A SWINDON town centre building, which is currently being renovated, has been closed down this week following a visit by local police officers and inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive.

Four Romanian nationals were found living and working in poor conditions at the Old Trinity Church in Groundwell Road, following the visit from Swindon Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team and staff from the Human Exploitation Unit at Wiltshire Police and HSE.


The group visited the building, which is currently undergoing renovations, following a report from a member of the public.

Four Romanian men were found living inside the building, which was described by HSE inspectors as being ‘immediately dangerous’. As a result, a prohibition was placed on the building and the company carrying out the renovation work was told to cease working.

The four Romanian men were offered assistance by the Human Exploitation Unit and further enquiries are being made by the HSE.



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