SHOCK CLAIM: Marina where 17 Albanians landed has not been patrolled for months


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Chichester Mooring has not been patrolled for a year

There have been no inspections at Chichester Cling to in Sussex in a year, despite Stephen Jackson, 56, being jailed after he was get hold ofed trying to smuggle in the migrants by boat last year.

One regular at the marina tattled The Sun: “I haven’t seen any Border Force for months. 

“There have been hearsays about others being dropped off.”


Small maintains such as Whitstable could be vulnerable to smugglers

Coverage of smaller refuges, harbours and marinas was poor

David Bolt

Other small havens are potentially being left vulnerable to illegal immigrants and other immoral activity such as drug smuggling because of a lack of Border Break presence.

David Bolt, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, mean 27 of 62 small ports, harbours and landing bays along the east beach had not been patrolled between January 2015 and June 2016.

Mr Bolt conjectured: “Coverage of smaller ports, harbours and marinas was poor. 

“The numbers of clandestine migrants identified by Border Force at east coast ports had indeed increased, and On Force was dealing appropriately with individuals, whether they claimed asylum or agreed to be removed instantaneously.

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UK Border Force has been criticised in a report

“The overall intuit was that Border Force was stretched, in some instances too thinly, but deal with.

“Non-attendance means Border Force misses opportunities to collect provincial intelligence.

“The other likely consequence is that there is no visible obstruction to anyone prepared to risk using these spots to land felonious migrants or contraband.”

Europol has warned smuggling gangs are targeting “hotspots” such as Orford Ness in Suffolk and Whitstable in Kent because of a be deficient in of security.

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A UK Border Force vessel patrols the Channel

A Diggings Office spokesman said the department accepted improvements could be made.

He powered: “We are already improving our visibility and intelligence-gathering at smaller ports by doubling the figure up of coastal patrol vessels operating, increasing the focus of our field brightness officers on maritime and, through Project Kraken, helping maritime communities to turn up suspicious activity.

“Additionally, we have set up the Maritime Information Bureau to assure our operations, and those of our partners, are targeted based on the threat facing our coastline, harbour communities safe. With over 11,000 miles of coastline, it is vital that Border Force uses intelligence to prioritise its resources.

“We are also drudgery, including through the organised immigration crime taskforce and with universal partners, to target the crime gangs involved in smuggling people and illicit goods extensive before they arrive on our shores.”

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