The Barring Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt has exposed the deficit of checks in an explosive report published today.
It revealed that propers failed to carry out checks at 27 of the 62 small ports along the east beach between February 2015 and June last year.
The report alleged that the lack of checks meant that there is no «visible stumbling-block» for people trying to smuggle illegal immigrants and illicit goods into the UK.
A announce on the UK’s east coast ports has revealed a lack of immigration checks
It also revealed that the sum up of illegal immigrants caught near major ports nearly facsimiled between 2014-15 and 2015-16, rising from 233 to 423.
The 52-page piece reads: «The lack of any visible Border Force presence for over a year at on the brink of half of the identified small ports raises questions about how captains who are disapprove of not to comply with the requirements of the Immigration Act, or to engage in criminality (eg. the smuggling of people and personal properties), view the risk of being caught.»
It continued: “[A] consequence of elongated periods of non-attendance by Border Force at particular locations is that there is no visual deterrent to anyone prepared to risk using these spots to obtain illegal migrants or contraband goods, or simply not to comply with legislation such as the Immigration Act 1971.”
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The report also found that on officials at Harwich in Essex, one of the UK’s biggest ports, were failing to impel out checks on cars arriving on ferries from Holland. They rather than relied on «pre-departure» checks by Dutch authorities.
The report says: «They [the probes] are not a guarantee that no-one has managed to conceal themselves in a vehicle after embarkation.»
The quest raised concerns that illegal immigrants are increasingly stowing away on lorries awakening into the UK.
The Harwich port on the east coast of England
It conclude froms: «Home Office records of the vehicles involved with clandestine passengers are not complete, but they do show that soft-sided freight is overwhelmingly the conduit of choice. They can be entered by cutting a flap in the roofing, which is not discernible from the ground and which leaves any customs seals intact.
«Drivers be inclined to stop for refreshments at services once they are clear of the port, so anyone who is not revealed can then cut their way out. This method of concealment and escape requires a cut or sharp tool, which argues for Border Force to adopt a multifarious consistent approach to the use of body armour particularly when searching soft-sided transportation.»
The report found only five drivers have been busted for smuggling illegal immigrants, with only one of them being imprisoned.
Port of Tilbury on the east coast of the UK
Mr Bolt said: “My inspection of Binding Force operations at east coast seaports found that, rated overall, the fixed immigration control points at the major seaports were efficiently and effectively managed, as were mechanism and freight arrivals at these ports.
“By contrast, coverage of smaller, normally unmanned, east coastline ports and landing places was poor, with almost half of them not force had a visit from a Border Force officer for more than a year.
“The inspection sealed reports from various sources that there had been an raise in clandestine arrivals at east coast ports.
He added: “The overall suspect was that Border Force was stretched, in some instances too thinly, but subsist.”
Express.co.uk is awaiting a response from the Home Office.