Police officers tasked with preventing illegal immigrants entering the UK through the port of Cairnryan, in Dumfries and Galloway have met with MPs to discuss concerns that they are being overstretched.
Since the UK Border Agency removed its staff from the Ferry Terminal in 2010, the number of illegal immigrants trying to enter mainland Britain through the port has risen 136 percent.
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