Published: 14:59, 15 April 2019
| Updated: 15:49, 15 April 2019
Two men appeared in court today accused of smuggling 29 Vietnamese people into Britain on a boat.
Jon Ransom, 63, and Keith Royston Plummer, 62, both of Sheerness, were charged with skippering a yacht containing the Vietnamese to Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall, in breach of the Immigration Act.
They are also accused of arranging travel for a woman with a view to her being exploited, contrary to the Modern Slavery Act.
Both were in the dock at Truro magistrates court with Frank Walling, 72, from Colne, Lancashire, and Glen Martin Bennett, 55, from Burnley, Lancashire.
Ransom, Plummer and Bennett all deny the charges. Walling, who was on crutches, did not enter a plea.
Their appearance followed the arrest of two men at Newlyn and two others on the M5 near Cullompton, Devon on Friday.
All four are jointly charged with two alleged offences.
Prosecutor Alison May said the charges, which could be dealt with by magistrates, were so serious they should be heard at a crown court.
The magistrates agreed. No applications were made for bail. All four were remanded in custody.
They will appear at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday, May 7.
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