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  • Hand car wash closed down after multi-agency operation
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    Hand car wash closed down after multi-agency operation

    2020-01-03T00:00:00Z

    A hand car wash in Northern Ireland has been closed down temporarily after a multi-agency operation. Detectives from Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) along with colleagues from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and partners in HMRC and the Health and Safety Executive for ...

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    A clean getaway

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    There can’t be many car wash and valeting facilities in the world that are guarded by two full-size Transformers but that’s the case at the Inner Space Stations site where you can clean your car under the watchful eyes of Bumblebee and Octopus Prime. Inner Space Stations, winner of the ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    Dame Sara Thornton, the recently appointed Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, has published her first Strategic Plan 2019-2021. The plan focuses on improving victim care and support, supporting law enforcement and prosecution, concentrating on prevention and getting value from research and innovation. Here are its main points with particular reference to car ...

  • Crackdown on criminality at hand car washes in Northern Ireland
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    Crackdown on criminality at hand car washes in Northern Ireland

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    A crackdown on slavery and other criminal activity harboured by hand car washes in Northern Ireland is being led by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), and has resulted in some sites being closed down. Detective inspector Mark Bell from PSNI’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) ...

  • Police inspection of car wash site finds suspected slavery victim
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    Police inspection of car wash site finds suspected slavery victim

    2019-11-27T00:00:00Z

    A man believed to be a victim of modern slavery at a hand car wash in Warrington has been rescued by Cheshire Police, following an inspection of the premises. On Monday November 25, officers from Warrington’s Hidden Harm Team along with partner agencies – including Warrington Borough Council and ...

  • UNITI Expo 2020 unveils line-up of cooperation partners
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    UNITI Expo 2020 unveils line-up of cooperation partners

    2019-11-08T00:00:00Z

    UNITI expo 2020 has announced that a total of 16 cooperation partners will make their industry expertise available to the trade show, which will be taking place in Stuttgart on May 26-28. In addition to a growth in the number of exhibitors, UNITI expo has secured four new cooperation ...

  • Car washes warned over failures in the way they treat their staff
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    Car washes warned over failures in the way they treat their staff

    2019-10-16T00:00:00Z

    Operators of five car washes in Rother in East Sussex have been warned over failures in how they treat their staff. Inspections by Rother District Council found all of them were failing to comply with health and safety legislation or to pay their workers the minimum wage. Breaches included failure ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-09-09T00:00:00Z

    The Car Wash Association’s (CWA’s) lobbying work to expose criminal activity and widespread regulatory non-compliance on hand car washes faces new challenges following the change of government in July. New appointments have been made in all the key ministries relating to the CWA’s work. Regulatory activity needs to be kick-started ...

  • Police visit car washes as part of anti-slavery strategy
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    Police visit car washes as part of anti-slavery strategy

    2019-08-21T00:00:00Z

    Officers from Wiltshire Police visited two car washes in north Swindon on Tuesday August 20 as part of a strategy to tackle modern slavery. Sergeant Nathan Perry, who helped plan the operation, said the cash-in-hand businesses could be used as fronts for organised crime gangs. The police officers were joined ...

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    Istobal is now preferred car wash firm for MFG

    2019-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Istobal UK has increased its partnership with Motor Fuel Group (MFG) and has become the preferred car wash supplier for the number one Top 50 Indie. MFG has renewed its contract with Istobal, which includes the supply of car wash machines and chemical products, as well as maintenance service ...

  • Arrests at car wash on suspicion of modern slavery offences
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    Arrests at car wash on suspicion of modern slavery offences

    2019-07-19T00:00:00Z

    A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences at a car wash in Chesterfield. Following concerns being reported by a member of the public, officers from Derbyshire Constabulary’s specialist modern slavery team went to a car wash in Chesterfield Business Park, Chatsworth Road, ...

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    MFG makes Istobal its preferred car wash supplier

    2019-07-10T00:00:00Z

    Istobal UK has increased its partnership with Motor Fuel Group (MFG) and has become the car wash preferred supplier for the number one Top 50 Indie. MFG has renewed its contract with Istobal which includes the supply of car wash machines and chemical products, as well as maintenance service ...

  • Car wash slavery raids lead to waste water investigation
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    Car wash slavery raids lead to waste water investigation

    2019-06-21T00:00:00Z

    Three car washes are having their water waste disposal investigated after a raid by a multi-agency team looking into modern slavery and people trafficking in Redditch on Wednesday 19 June. The team comprised officers from West Mercia Police (WMP), Hereford and Worcester Fire Rescue Service (HWFRS), Home ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-06-07T00:00:00Z

    The government’s response to modern slavery in the UK has been woefully lacklustre, despite a recent hard-hitting investigation by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) into hand car washes (HCWs) which acknowledged the sheer scale of the problem and the lack of enforcement of existing regulations that might help prevent it. ...

  • Nearly 1,000 potential slavery cases logged by car wash app
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    Nearly 1,000 potential slavery cases logged by car wash app

    2019-04-10T00:00:00Z

    Nearly 1,000 cases of potential modern slavery have been logged by the Clewer Initiative’s Safe Car Wash app, which was launched last June to help raise awareness of modern slavery in hand car washes. The Safe Car Wash app is designed to be used by a driver going to ...

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    Istobal presents its new Smartwash at Forecourt Show

    2019-04-05T00:00:00Z

    Istobal will be presenting its new Smartwash at The Forecourt Show 2019 at stand T121. By connecting all the wash equipment (rollovers, tunnels, jet wash and vacuum areas), the new solution nables the installation to be managed digitally with systems that integrate and analyse the information. The system displays ...

  • Council tightens up controls for hand car washes
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    Council tightens up controls for hand car washes

    2019-03-15T00:00:00Z

    Cheshire East Council is to draw up clearer rules for dealing with planning applications for hand car washes – following concerns around a number of operation issues. The local authority will work with partners, including the Environment Agency and water utilities companies, to discuss a wide range of concerns that ...

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    Displays that pay

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    If you’re looking to make changes to your forecourt perhaps by investing in new equipment or are considering a move to a different fuel brand, then a trip to The Forecourt Show 2019 is a must. The Show takes place at the Birmingham NEC from April 8-10 and will ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    Continued pressure by the Car Wash Association (CWA), together with support from MPs, was responsible for finally getting the issue of rogue hand car washes (HCWs) onto Parliament’s agenda via the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) June 2018 hearings. It was rewarding that the EAC’s remit, the context in which they ...

  • Police check car washes over modern slavery concerns
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    Police check car washes over modern slavery concerns

    2019-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Police, backed up by officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), Immigration Enforcement and by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have visited five car washes in Cleveland after concerns were raised about modern day slavery. The sites were targeted by members of Cleveland Police’s VEMT (vulnerable, exploited, ...