Daily Mail: The backdoor to Britain: How ruthless people-smugglers are targeting ports along England’s east coast to sneak in human cargo – as Home Office hires 1,000 new staff to bolster security in wake of Essex death truck tragedy
- Criminals are now targeting ports along the UK’s eastern and southern coasts
- At-risk port locations include Grimsby, Felixstowe, Harwich and Hartlepool
- Smugglers switching to ports ‘less busy’ compared to other UK entry points
- British Ports Association: Traffickers have ‘adapted methods in recent years’
People trafficking and smuggling gangs are targeting ports along England’s east coast with perceived weaker security to sneak migrants into Britain, it is feared.
The National Crime Agency warned ministers in 2016 that criminals are now targeting ports along the UK’s eastern and southern coasts in addition to Dover.
The locations that could be at risk include the likes of Grimsby in Lincolnshire, Felixstowe in Suffolk, Harwich in Essex and Hartlepool in County Durham.
The Home Office has insisted there are enough resources made available to police ports and other borders, and it is hiring 1,000 more staff to ‘help maintain security’.
The data comes after 39 migrants were found dead in a lorry on Wednesday in the Essex town of Grays, near Purfleet – the port where the container entered the UK.
And a former security guard at the port has claimed there is a ‘migrant minibus service’ at the area which ‘comes alive at night’ with the arrival of trafficked migrants.
This map shows where some of the at-risk ports are on England’s southern and eastern coasts
The NCA said people smugglers will ‘consider all possible options’ and in recent years have switched to ports that are ‘less busy’ compared to other UK entry points. . . . .
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