POLICE have been at Sovereign Harbour, talking to residents about illegal cockle picking.

Discovery – East Sussex is a multi-agency partnership which aims to expose and tackle Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Its officers, accroding to a tweet from the partnership, were at the harbour ‘speaking with residents about illegal cockle picking in the area. Workers maybe being exploited.’

It urged anyone concerned to call police on 101.

If you suspect someone is a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking, you are asked to contact the 24/7 Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700, or 999 for emergencies.

The public can also call the GLAA on 0800 432 0804 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 .