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Dover MP calls for new patrol force after police detain three suspected migrants

Published 24/09/2016

Charlie Elphicke said:
Charlie Elphicke said: "We must act now to catch and jail these criminals - and end their evil trade of modern slavery."

A Conservative MP has renewed calls for a new patrol force for the English Channel after three suspected migrants were detained by police.

The three men were found on a coastal road in Deal, Kent, on Saturday morning.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Kent Police was called to Kingsdown Road, Deal, at 9.15am on Saturday September 24 following reports of suspected migrants. Three men were detained and have been handed over the Home Office Immigration Enforcement."

Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover, said: "Yet again people-traffickers have been able to land migrants on our shores by small craft.

"We must act now to catch and jail these criminals - and end their evil trade of modern slavery. This is why I have been calling for a new Dover Patrol led by the Royal Marines to protect our borders."

Eyewitness John Varnham said the suspected migrants had arrived using a bright orange dinghy with an outboard motor which was left on the beach at Walmer with lifebelts next to it.

He told the BBC: "The dinghy would have been cramped for three people and had an outboard motor - it was about six to eight feet long.

"There was a torch, a drinks bottle and a petrol can."

A Home Office spokesman said: "On Saturday 24 September, officials from Immigration Enforcement were contacted by Kent police after three men were found in Deal, Kent.

"The individuals were arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally and are currently being interviewed by immigration officials.

"Where someone is found to have no right to remain in the UK, we will take action to remove them.

"It would not be appropriate to comment further while investigations are ongoing."

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