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People smugglers ‘using less busy UK Ports

May 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Editorials, Top Stories

The port of Tilbury in Essex has become a more attractive destination for people smugglers

Crime gangs are attempting to smuggle migrants into the UK at “less busy” ports after a clampdown at major ports, the National Crime Agency has warned.

Ports such as Hull and Tilbury are being used following tighter security through routes to Dover and Folkestone.

People smugglers have also used rigid-hulled inflatable boats to get people across to “shallow beaches”, including Whitstable in Kent.

The agency said “hundreds” of criminals in Britain were involved in smuggling.

The details were revealed by the National Crime Agency (NCA) which is leading a task force, known as Project Invigor, to combat the criminal gangs behind illegal immigration.

Migrants paid as little as 130 euros (£100) for a “single attempt through unsophisticated means” from France to the UK.

It cost at least 8,000 euros (£6,400) for a “guaranteed” journey in a “high-quality” concealment.



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