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Jail for Ukrainians who tried to smuggle 19 migrants into Southwold

Yevhenii Vasylkov was captured on CCTV hiring the yacht Flamingo Credit: National Crime Agency

Three Ukranian men who tried to smuggle 19 migrants into the UK through Southwold have been jailed.

Yevhenii Vasylkov, 30, was captured on CCTV hiring the yacht Flamingo ahead of the journey across the North Sea from the Netherlands.

Police and Border Force officials boarded the boat just after it landed in Suffolk on October 15 2017.

The Flamingo was used to smuggle 19 people into the UK through Southwold Credit: National Crime Agency

They found Vasylkov on board along with several migrants who were still on the vessel.

Ten people had already made it off the boat and were stopped by Suffolk Police as they drove towards Ipswich. Officers arrested the two drivers Yuril Dzhuraniuk, 26, Mykhailo Riok, 27.

Yesterday (Friday), Vasylkov was jailed for three years at Blackfriars Crown Court. Dzhuraniuk and Riok were sentenced to two years each. All three will face deportation at the end of their sentences.

Yevhenii Vasylkov was jailed for three years Credit: National Crime Agency

The National Crime Agency said the men had "risked the lives of people for profit".

"This crime group used a vessel that was ill-equipped to make a long sea journey carrying this many people.

“It demonstrates how criminals involved in organised immigration crime are prepared to risk the lives of people for profit. They preyed on the desperation of others to reach the UK."

– Tony Luhman, NCA