Couple linked to Sports Direct in court again on modern-day slavery charges

THE Sports Direct headquarters in Shirebrook.
THE Sports Direct headquarters in Shirebrook.

A Polish couple who supplied workers to the Sports Direct headquarters at Shirebrook have made their latest appearance in court on charges of modern-day slavery.

Dariusz Parczewski, 47, and his wife, Bozena Parczewska, 46, who live at Tiverton Close, Aspley, Nottingham, were arrested as part of investigations into human trafficking.

They appeared briefly in the dock in front of Judge Michael Stokes at Nottingham Crown Court, alongside their son, Krystian Parczewski, 27, who has been charged with fraud by false representation.

The husband and wife, who have also been investigated for fraud, are charged with knowingly requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

The case was adjourned again until Friday, April 22 when a plea and directions hearing will be held.

Sports Direct, a company owned by billionaire businessman and Newcastle United Football Club owner, Mike Ashley, employs about 3,000 people at its base on Meadow Lane in Shirebrook.

The firm has not been accused of any wrongdoing in connection with the case.