Peckford Place, a residential street in Lambeth, south London. Three women enslaved in London for 30 years appeared to have been part of a cult and bound to their captors by “invisible handcuffs” through beatings and brainwashing, police said. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

The couple who allegedly held three women for more than 30 years were leaders of an extremist Maoist collective, it has been claimed.A senior council (...)

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(...)