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"Tragedy was avoided by a whisker" - judge sentences Kent people smugglers to a total of nine years

Two men, jailed for smuggling eighteen Albanians onto the Kent coast, have been condemned as greedy, reckless and deceitful. The judge said the pair, Mark Stribling from Farningham and Robert Stilwell from Dartford, avoided tragedy by a whisker, when their boat started to take on water. They had their own lifejackets; but the Albanians in the sinking craft had none. They were rescued in a joint operation by the Coastguard, RNLI and Border Force patrol boat HMC Valiant. The perpetrators, who claimed they were fishermen who'd 'found' them' in the water were brought to justice following an investigation by Immigration Enforcement. Andrea Thomas reports from Maidstone Crown Court. She spoke to the man who led the investigation Dave Fairclough.

Video: Albanians rescued from tiny boat in English Channel

Two men have been jailed have been for more than four years each at Maidstone Crown Court for attempting to smuggle 18 Albanian immigrants into the UK. The group, including two children, were rescued from a sinking tiny boat in the English Channel.

Sentencing the men, Judge Jeremy Carey, said "a tragedy was averted by a whisker."


'Refugees welcome' at Brighton carnival after anti-immigration protest leads to 12 arrests

Twelve people have been arrested in Brighton in connection with an anti-immigration demonstration in the city. The detentions followed reports of assault and criminal damage.

At the same time, residents of Kemptown prepared instead for their biggest ever carnival - in which they welcomed refugees.

Andy Dickenson speaks to Elaine Ortiz of the Hummingbird Project, Fr Andrew Woodward of St Mary's Church, and Richard Williams from Sanctuary on Sea.

Thirteen arrested for alleged immigration offences

Wiltshire Police carried out two days of action on Wednesday 1 June 2016 and Thursday 2 June 2016 to clamp down on human trafficking and modern slavery.

Thirteen people were arrested for alleged immigration offences.

The Force and partners, including the UK Border Force, Immigration Authority, HM Revenue and Customs and the Housing and Social Services teams for Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council, visited 20 local businesses to check on the welfare of their employees and assess whether there was any evidence of potential exploitation.

'We feel crushed' American wife and mother told to leave UK under new immigration rules

They're being affected by a law that "wasn't meant for them". That's the view of Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell after strict new immigration rules look to force a family apart.

Dominic and Katy James have been married for ten years and have a two-year-old baby - but Katy is American and was told on Saturday she could be deported. Andy Dickenson reports.

Arrests made during anti-immigration march

Twelve people have been arrested during an anti-immigration march in Dover.

But there was no repeat of the violent scenes from the previous demonstration earlier this year.

A large police presence kept both sides apart as Derek Johnson reports.

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