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More than 100 cannabis plants found at a Dover house

More than 100 mature cannabis plants have been seized by Kent Police, following a raid at a residential address in Dover.

Officers from the Community Policing Team attended a property in Tower Court, Tower Hamlets, on Friday 12 December and seized a significant quantity of growing and dried cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Police given more time to question 'terror suspects'

Police have been given more time to question five terror suspects, three of them arrested in Dover.

Two of the men, aged 33 and 43, were arrested in Dover at 11.30pm on Sunday by Scotland Yard anti-terror officers with armed support officers and Kent Police, while a 28-year-old man was arrested at the same port on Monday morning.

Under the same operation, two men, aged 24 and 40, were arrested on Monday in east London. All five are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Police are also carrying out searches at two addresses in North Wales as part of the investigation.

Three suspected terrorists stopped in Dover

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command have arrested five men on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command, supported by officers from Kent police and the MPS Specialist Firearms Command stopped a vehicle going outbound at Dover port at 23:30hrs on Sunday 30th November.

A 33-year-old man and a 43-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of acts of Terrorism. A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of people trafficking offences.

A further 12 men and one woman, who were stopped in the same vehicle, were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences by Immigration Enforcement officers.

Today, Monday 1st December, a 24 year-old man and a 40-year-old man were arrested in east London on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of acts of Terrorism.

At approximately 08:30hrs today a 28-year-old man was arrested at Dover port on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of acts of Terrorism.

All been taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody.

Four addresses in east London and one in south London are being searched today as part of the investigation.

This operation is not in response to any immediate threat.

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.

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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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