Almost £500,000 of taxpayers’ money was spent on providing legal aid for a family of travellers who were found guilty of keeping a private workforce, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The BBC reports:

A family of travellers who were found guilty of forced labour were given nearly £500,000 in legal support.

Five members of the Connors family were jailed last December after being found guilty of keeping a private workforce.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that £461,363 was paid defending the family, including during a three-month trial.

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