Illegal immigrants arrested in Kent up 500% new figures reveal
Police detained 304 people in July on suspicion of entering or helping others to reach Britain.
This is more than double the 130 suspected illegal immigrants held a month earlier and almost six times the 56 stopped in July 2013.
Kevin Mills, of the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents Home Office staff, said the latest figure was the “tip of the iceberg” because it did not include Border Force arrests.
He said: “We were seeing hundreds getting through the fence at any single given time. We were told that dozens if not more were on individual trains. So the odds are that there were many more making it to the UK.”
I was pleased that among that 300 were people who facilitate entry, in other words, people traffickers, some of the world’s worst criminals
Tory MP Damian Green
Striking French ferry staff have been blamed for the rise.
Damian Green, the Tory MP for Ashford and a former immigration minister, said the figures showed Kent Police were doing a good job.
He said: “I was pleased that among that 300 were people who facilitate entry, in other words, people traffickers, some of the world’s worst criminals.”
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