A man has been freed from a six-foot shed where it is believed he has been held for the last 40 years. It is suspected that he was locked into the tiny room when he was just 18 years old in 1978.
When he was discovered he was said to have looked like a ‘rabbit in the headlights’ because he was so startled to be freed.
Pictures from the scene show a filthy blanket on the floor next to a flat-screen TV and a garden chair. There is also a piece of raggedy old carpet and an electric heater that doesn’t work inside the green shed.
The man, who is now 58, is being cared for by officials from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority who acted on a tip-off. He is being looked after by specialist trauma officers who are carrying out medical examinations and assessing his mental health. The man was found at a residential site near Carlisle, Cumbria, in a dawn raid yesterday morning.
Martin Plimmer from the GLAA said: ‘The information that was given to us was that he had been kept in the shed for a period of 40 years. When we found him he was like a rabbit in headlights and very confused. ‘He was just in the clothes he stood up in and where he was sleeping in the shed there was just a soiled duvet on the floor.