Over 29,000 attempts to cross channel illegally foiled in 2009: UKBA

  Over 1,000,000 freight vehicles search

flee-freight-truck.png25 February 2010: The previous year saw over 29,000 individual attempts to cross the channel illegally being foiled, the UK Border Agency claimed after officers in Calais thwarted attempts by two stowaways to enter the UK.

The director of border force European operations, Tom Dowdall, said: ‘In 2009 we stopped over 29,000 individual attempts to cross the channel illegally and searched over 1,000,000 freight vehicles. We are committed to tackling illegal immigration and its harmful effects.’

The latest attempt was being made by two stowaways by hiding in a lorry load of electronics heading for Hinckley, Leicestershire.

When officers stopped a German driver and inspected his vehicle, they found the van had been damaged, allowing the seal to be released and two Vietnamese stowaways to hide inside.

Dowdall said hundreds of our officers based at ports in France and Belgium work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to stop illegal immigrants before they step foot in the UK.

In addition to sniffer dogs, they use carbon dioxide detectors and heartbeat monitors as well as visual searches to find sometimes well-hidden stowaways.

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