‘Report back regularly!’ Iranians who landed on UK coast in DINGHY allowed to roam free
BORDER officials have released five Iranian migrants caught trying to sneak into the UK, telling them, “please report in regularly”.
GETTY Migrants who arrived on South Coast UK on a dingy have been allowed to roam free
Britain’s shambolic immigration system was exposed again after the gang were seized landing a dinghy on a south coast beach.
The men, aged between 18 and 44, arrived on Sunday but police only confirmed the incident today saying they would not “proactively release details”.
They were arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the UK and handed over to immigration
But in a breathtaking development, they now have permission to roam free.
The incident is a huge embarrassment for the Government as they landed in the Cinque Port of Winchelsea, East Sussex, in new Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s constituency.
Ukip leadership candidate Bill Etheridge said: “This highlights the serious failings in the UK’s coastal border force which is embarrassingly small.
“We have three vessels for the whole of the UK’s coastline: you’d have greater numbers at a summer regatta.
“I also do not believe the UK is the first safe country these people have landed in. I believe we should honour international agreements but we must not be a soft touch, particularly in light of security issues.”
GETTY Ukip leader candidate Bill Etheridge said the incident highlights 'serious failings' of UK borders
The alarming incident highlights the growing trade in human trafficking by boat. In May, 18 Albanians were rescued off the Kent coast having paid £5,000 each to sail from Calais.
Sussex Police arrested five men on suspicion of entering the UK illegally
The Home Office said: “Sussex Police arrested five men on suspicion of entering the UK illegally. The five were passed to Border Force for interview.
“All five must now report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are progressed in line with immigration rules. We are unable to comment further as investigations are ongoing.”
The border breach comes after British truckers fear increasingly violent migrants will leave a driver dead in Calais.
Hauliers are on red alert after a fresh wave of lawlessness engulfed the northern French port town where thousands of refugees are living.
One was slashed refuelling his vehicle while another was threatened with a chainsaw on the approach road to the ferry terminal.
The alarming frequency of attacks comes three months after the industry foretold a “summer of discontent” sparked by increased migrant activity.
Julie Maddocks of the Freight Transport Association said: “Violent threats to truck drivers heading through Calais are happening on a daily basis and are of great concern.
“We warned there was a danger there would a repeat performance of scenes in and around the port witnessed last summer and sadly it appears our predictions were correct.”
A Belgian trucker took a picture from his cab showing a masked migrant brandishing a chainsaw as burning hay bales strewn across the road were used to stop his lorry.
Drivers running a gauntlet of hate regularly report refugees jumping from motorway bridges, slashing the side of their trucks and throwing missiles at vehicles.
Hauliers have told how marauding gangs have turned Calais into the “Wild West”, giving chilling accounts of how migrants armed with scaffolding try to sneak into Britain as stowaways.
Last year’s violence had a devastating impact on the delivery of fresh food with Eurotunnel services suspended and ferry terminal temporarily closed.
A Daily Express investigation revealed 84,088 people were caught trying to slip across the border last year, equivalent to 230 a day or one every six minutes.
The FTA said Brexit had made some migrants more determined to try and reach the UK before changes to current border control arrangements.
Claire Britcher said: “Our members are facing this day in day out. One driver said his wife was more worried about him being attacked in Calais than having an accident in his truck.
“There are some desperate individuals who have spent time in the camp and others who just want to get across to the UK.
“They’ll drop from bridges on top of trucks, they’ll slash the sides of trucks to get on board and hide themselves underneath - these are desperate people.”
Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said: “There is no justification for drivers being threatened or attacked whilst carrying out their jobs.”