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Are we losing the battle against people traffickers?

Video report: this picture shows 25 people - including five children - found in the back of a truck near the Dartford Crossing. Twenty six others were found in a lorry carrying thousands of pounds worth of peppers to a wholesalers in Canterbury.


Sudanese national arrested after 'intrusion' inside Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel has confirmed that a migrant was intercepted inside the Channel Tunnel yesterday .

Eurotunnel's detection systems identified 'an intrusion' near to the Tunnel entrance in France. As soon as the alarm was raised, Eurotunnel closed the French entrance to the Tunnel and police searched the area.

Eurotunnel said: "A criminal intrusion into the Channel Tunnel is an extremely rare incident. It is both illegal and highly dangerous. This person could have been seriously injured or even killed."

Following the detailed search of the Tunnel a Sudanese national was intercepted and arrested by the Channel Tunnel Police. Charges are being pressed.

Full service through the Channel Tunnel resumed in the late afternoon.

Moves to help asylum seekers

One of the South East's asylum seeker support groups says it's essential that refugees in Calais are given accommodation and support - and Britain must do more to help.

Five arrested in Surrey illegal working operations

Five illegal workers have been arrested following operations by Home Office immigration enforcement officers in Cranleigh and Guildford.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Meghalaya Indian Restaurant, High Street, Cranleigh; Merrow Dynasty Indian Restaurant and Perfect Pizza, both on Epsom Road, Guildford, on Thursday 2 January. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.

The businesses were served notices warning that civil penalties of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities. We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face financial penalties. I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

– Paul Smith, from the Thames Valley and Surrey Home Office Immigration Enforcement team


Illegal immigrants found hiding in lorry

Portsmouth Ferry Port Credit: Press Association

Three illegal immigrants found hiding in a lorry at Portsmouth ferry port have been deported.

Border Force officers found the male stowaways in a Spanish-registered lorry which had just arrived on a ferry from Caen at 11pm on Tuesday.

The lorry was scanned in a routine check which revealed the presence of people. When it was opened the clandestines – two Afghans aged 18 and 24 and a 22-year-old Albanian – were found hiding in the load of textile materials. They'd got in by cutting a hole in the roof.

The trio were sent to Caen.

A leaflet, issued by the Border Force, in partnership with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), gives information and advice to lorry drivers transporting freight to and from the UK on how to prevent illegal immigration and avoid becoming victims of crime.