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Man arrested over Christmas Day people smuggling attempt

A man has been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling offences as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into an attempt to reach the UK by small boat on Christmas Day 2018.

The 37-year-old was detained by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service in north west London on the evening of Wednesday 30 January.

He remains in custody and is now being interviewed by NCA investigators.

Steve Reynolds, head of the NCA-led Invigor organised immigration crime task force, yesterday said:

“We are committed to doing everything in our power to bring people smugglers targeting the UK to justice, whether they are operating in the UK itself or France.”

Invigor is the UK’s Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce set up to target the criminal networks behind people smuggling impacting on the UK and the European borders.

It is led by the NCA and includes Immigration Enforcement, Crown Prosecution Service, Border Force and the Home Office working in the UK and internationally.


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