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Man arrested at Dover on suspicion of drug smuggling

A German man has been arrested by Border Force officers at Dover’s Eastern Docks on suspicion of smuggling class A drugs.

Charles Ukachukwu IMOH, 57, of Essen, Germany was stopped after he arrived by coach from Frankfurt, Germany in the early hours of Saturday 4 October.

Following searches Border Force officers recovered around 80 small packages containing cocaine weighing approximately one kilo with an estimated value of between £81,000 and £200,000.

Tests will now be carried out to establish the purity and final value of the drugs.

Imoh was questioned by investigators from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command and charged with attempting to import class A drugs.

He appeared before Folkestone Magistrates Court on Tuesday 7 October where he withheld his plea and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 27 October 2014.

“Border Force officers use a variety of methods and technology to prevent class A drugs entering the UK, and their expertise is regularly demonstrated by seizures like this. Working with law enforcement colleagues including the NCA we are determined to do all we can to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars.”

– Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.

Kent MP: French should help migrants to "go home"

Britain is to send the 9ft 'ring of steel' fences used at the Nato summit in Wales to Calais in an effort to stop illegal immigrants getting into Britain. It's intended to replace the "inadequate" fencing currently in place and create secure parking for legal travellers to wait without the threat of hassle from any disruption.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the move is part of a bid to send a message that the UK is "no soft touch" for migrants.

The Mayor of Calais has previously threatened to blockade the port and has been urging the British to help out with money and manpower.

But Strood MP Mark Reckless says he thinks the French should deal more stringently with the migrants.

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Nato 'ring of steel' sent to Calais to stop immigrants

Britain will send the 9ft 'ring of steel' fences used at the Nato summit in Wales to Calais in an effort to stop illegal immigrants getting into Britain.

Police are seen through the 9 ft-high metal fence known as the 'ring of steel'. Credit: PA

It would replace the "inadequate" fencing currently in place and hopefully create secure parking for legal travellers to wait without the threat of hassle from any disruption.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the move is part of a bid to send a message that the UK is "no soft touch" for migrants.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph he warned would-be illegal immigrants Mr they "should be under no illusion about what awaits them if they arrive here illegally".

He said it was up to the French to maintain security and order on their own land but Britain would do what it could to help.

Battle to stop 'migrant mobs' reaching Dover

Pressure is mounting on the British government to help French authorities tackle the increasingly violent mob tactics being used by migrants to board lorries and ferries leaving Calais for Dover.

The Freight Transport Association has written to the Mayor of Calais, supporting her call for British intervention. She's threatened to blockade Calais causing chaos in Kent unless Britain provides money and manpower.

Tonight French riot police are on standby at Calais after clashes with more than one hundred migrants who tried to force their way onto a ferry's car deck. Andrea Thomas reports.

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France should 'get its act together' on asylum seekers

France should stop blaming Britain and "get its act together" and deal with growing numbers of asylum seekers in Calais, according to a former home secretary.

Lord Howard of Lympne said he had "some sympathy" with the mayor of Calais. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Lord Howard of Lympne said he had "some sympathy" with the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, but he said she was "directing her frustration and her anger at the wrong target" by threatening to blockade the port and demanding that London "take responsibility" for them.

He told told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The mayor of Calais ought to be directing her frustration at president (Francois) Hollande."

He added that the previous French administration under president Nicolas Sarkozy had recognised that the Schengen agreement which created a borderless zone between 10 European states, meant France had "lost control of its borders."

He added: "We have control of our borders. But it is the countries of the Schengen agreement that ought to get their act together and deal with this problem. We have retained control of our borders, and it is about time members of the Schengen agreement did the same."

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Kent Police appeal for witnesses to fatal road crash in Dover

A motorcyclist in his 20s died at the scene Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police collision investigators are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic incident in Dover.

Officers were called at 3.25pm yesterday after the black Yamaha motorbike, which was travelling along Upper Road, towards St Margarets-at-Cliffe, appeared to lose control and collided with an oncoming blue Vauxhall Agila A local man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Vauxhall suffered minor injuries.

If anyone has any information, contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

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Bertha storm: Collapsed ceiling, localised flooding and transport delays.

The region prepared itself for torrential rain and gale force winds today as the remains of Hurricane Bertha arrived. The storm caused part of a supermarket ceiling to collapse in Maidstone, localised flooding across the region and transport delays - but in most areas, it had cleared away by the late afternoon.

Sarah Saunders' report has viewer footage from Ian Duffus and Charlotte Thurston. She spoke to flood victim Bill Smith and weather forcaster Philippa Drew.

Man arrested after £1.3m cocaine seized

Drugs worth £1.3m were found by Border Officers after they seized 31 kilos at the Channel Tunnel entrance.

The cocaine was found in the early hours of Sunday morning when offices searched a Slovakian-registered lorry and its load of mixed goods.

Cocaine is a vile and destructive drug, which ruin the lives of users and the wider community.

“Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.”

– Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe

Six charged following early morning raids

Six men have been charged with conspiracy to steal after raids were carried out at dawn into heavy good vehicle thefts.

The early morning search warrants were conducted at 14 addresses in Dover following a 12 month investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Lee Henley Gilmore, 32, of Sidney Powell Avenue, Liverpool, Jeffrey Hamid, 31, of Hargate Road, Liverpool, and Graham Ascroft, 55, Higher Lane, Holmes Tarleton, Preston, Lancashire, have been charged with conspiracy to steal and have been remanded.

They are due to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on 30 July.

John Dahl, 43, of Aysgarth Avenue, Liverpool, has been charged with conspiracy to steal and remanded.

Darren John Michael Price, 39, previously of County Road, Kirby, Liverpool, has also been charged with conspiracy to steal and has been bailed to the 30 July.

Stuart Nicolson, 47, of Bindon Blood Road, Whitfield, Dover, has been charged with conspiracy to steal.

Two men aged 46 and 44 from the Merseyside area have been arrested and bailed until 15 October pending further enquiries.

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