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Raids target people-smuggling gangs

Dozens of raids have been carried out across the UK, including in the South East, and in France and Belgium in a crackdown on people-smuggling gangs. Officers from the UK Border Agency carried out raids across Hampshire. So far, officers have made 20 arrests in relation to their investigation.

We believe this to be one of the biggest operations of its kind ever undertaken in the UK, involving officers the length and breadth of the country. We believe we have successfully disrupted a significant organised network suspected of being involved in a systematic attempt to evade the UK's immigration controls.

– Chris Foster, UKBA

The organised criminal gangs involved in people-smuggling prey on the desperation of others in order to line their own pockets. They are also a major factor involved in illegal immigrationto the UK.

– Mark Harper, Immigration Minister