The immigration minister has been at the Port of Dover today - to see some of the extraordinary lengths that drug smugglers and people traffickers are going to. John Ryall reports.
The Immigration Minister is due to visit Border Force operations in Dover today. Mark Harper will be given a tour of the port. He will see officers conducting searches and looking for drugs concealed in a freight vehicle.
3 cranes are on their way to a new port off the Essex coast. The £3.5 million port in the Thames Estuary opens at the end of this year, and will handle the biggest container ships. The cranes which are taller than the London Eye, will be used to move containers from ship to shore.
Unite, the UK’s largest union, has informed Portsmouth city council that its members are being balloted for industrial action over its decision to dismiss and rehire them on new contracts.The ballot for industrial action, due to conclude on Monday 16 July, involves the port’s quay assistants.
The quay assistants, responsible for tying up and releasing cross channel ferries, are fighting the council's plan to dismiss them and implement a new contract. The new contract will demand that quay assistants guarantee to service vessels beyond their contractual finishing time of midnight.