Police stand guard in front of a property in Brixton, south London. Two people who allegedly held three women as slaves in their south London home for more than 30 years had been arrested previously in the 1970s, but did not say why. Photograph: EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Peckford Place, just a few minutes’ walk from the bustling centre of Brixton, is a neighbourhood where people live often for years knowing little abou(...)

Police stand guard at a property in Brixton, south London, where the three women lived. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

The couple arrested in London over allegations that they enslaved three women, including one Irish, have been linked to 13 other properties, police ha(...)

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland said the three women were beaten and forced to live a life of “invisible handcuffs”.

For now she is known only as “the Irish lady”. Her first bid for freedom came in a call to a charity from a carefully hidden mobile telephone on Octob(...)

 A man walks near a road sign in Lambeth, London, today.  British police have reported that three women who have allegedly been held for 30 years as slaves in a house in the Lambeth area of south London have been freed. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Three women, including one Irish, held for 30 years against their will in London endured a “life of invisible handcuffs”, subjected to beatings and la(...)