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Dover, Dynamo and the 'Miracle of Dunkirk'

This week marks 75 years since what has became known as ''the miracle of Dunkirk'' - the rescue of more than three hundred thousand troops from the shores of Northern France.

It proved to be Britain's darkest hour in World War Two as Allied forces were roundly defeated by the advancing German Army and forced to retreat.

Dozens of the original private boats that helped rescue the stranded soldiers have gathered in Ramsgate - the place many of them left in 1940. Most are due to recreate the famous Channel crossing on Thursday as part of a series of anniversary events.

Back then, together with Royal Navy ships, they helped bring back far more soldiers than anyone thought possible.

Derek Johnson speaks to: Charles Ramsay - son of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay; veteran Vic Viner and Richard Christian from the Port of Dover.

Archive footage is used courtesy of British Pathe

Cocaine worth £12m seized at Dover

Cocaine worth in excess of £12m has been seized by Border Force officers at Dover's Eastern Docks.

Around 50 kilogrammes of the drug was found in a German-registered VW van and its load of tyres.

The 35 year-old Dutch driver was arrested and later charged with the attempted importation.

Alice Franciscus Helena Bremen will appear at Canterbury Crown Court on June 1.

Cocaine worth £12m was seized at Dover Credit: Border Force



Constituency profile: Dover

In tonight's constituency profile, we take a look at Dover.

Its famous port has become a major focus for the immigration debate. Little surprise then that the seat is a key target for UKIP.

Last time - in 2010 - Conservative Charlie Elphicke won it from Labour with a majority of 5,274 and the turnout was 70%.

Sangeeta Bhabra went to have a closer look.

Police question six people over suspected terrorism

Police continue to question six people arrested in Dover on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, West Midlands Police said.

The five men and one woman, who are all in their 20s, were detained around 8am yesterday in the departure zone of the south coast port. They are currently being held at a police station in the West Midlands area.

Six arresated in Dover Credit: Press Association

West Midlands Police said four of the men are from Birmingham, while the fifth man aged 26 and a woman aged 23 are of no fixed address. The force said the suspects, who are not a family group and were not accompanied by children, did not pose any immediate risk to public safety. The arrests are part of an on-going investigation. Police are continuing to search a number of addresses in Birmingham.

Lorry driver jailed for trying to smuggle £3.8m of cocaine

Artur Doda jailed for 12 years Credit: Border Force

A lorry driver has been jailed for 12 years after attempting to smuggle 30 kilos of cocaine into the UK.

Border Force officers stopped an Italian-registered lorry at the freight controls in the Eastern Docks, Dover on 16 January 2015. They questioned the driver, Artur DODA, and searched the vehicle and its load of flowers from the Netherlands.

In a purpose built concealment under the cab floor officers found 29 packages wrapped in brown tape. The packages all contained white powder which tested positive to a field test for cocaine.

Forensic tests later showed the cocaine to have an exceptionally high purity which gave the drugs an estimated potential street value of £3.8 million.

Doda, an Italian national born in Albania, was arrested and the case was passed to the National Crime Agency. He was later charged with the attempted drugs importation.

He pleaded guilty at a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court on 2 February and was sentenced there on Friday,13 March 2015.

Border Force officers use high-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

They use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners - as well as visual searches - to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

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

£3.8m of cocaine found on lorry Credit: Border Force

“This was an excellent seizure and I would like to pay tribute to the Border Force officers who play a crucial role in protecting the UK from illegal drugs every day. We work closely with law enforcement colleagues, including the NCA, to prevent drug trafficking and do all we can to put those responsible behind bars.”

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