Border force officials battle to stem the tide

Border force officials battle to stem the tide

Border force officials battle to stem the tide

First published in South Essex Maldon and Burnham Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THERE was a significant increase in the number of illegal attempts to get in to the UK through the Essex ports in the past year.

In 2013/14, Border Force workers found 18,000 illegal immigrants trying to get in to the UK from the ports of Calais, Coquelles and Dunkerque. The figure is up from 11,000 in 2012/13.

Earlier this month, a man was found dead in a shipping container, along with 34 other people who survived, at Tilbury Port.

The challenge of dealing with illegal immigration falls to the UK Border Force.

The agency, part of the Home Office, employs about 7,000 people and is responsible for vetting the 200 million people who cross the UK border every year.

In Essex, the officials patrol the ports of DP World, Tilbury and Harwich, as well as Stansted and Southend airports.

As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight.

Everyone trying to get in to the UK needs to satisfy border officers that they meet immigration criteria.

Foreigners must be able to prove they can support themselves for the duration of their trip without benefits or employment.

They are refused entry if they are not who they say they are, or if border officers suspect they plan to outstay their trip.

After the recent expansion of immigrant camps in Calais and northern France, Border Force has strengthened its links with the Belgian and French police on immigration crime and share intelligence.

The agency also takes swift action against anyone caught people smuggling or trafficking.

Last November. a Polish lorry driver who attempted to smuggle four Albanians into the UK hidden inside his vehicle was jailed for six years.

Maciej Janusz Andrzejewski, 35, of no fixed address, had been arrested by officers from the Home Office’s Criminal Investigations Team on July 11 after he had arrived at the Port of Harwich on a ferry from the Hook of Holland and was stopped by Border Force.

Border Force director general, Sir Charles Montgomery, said: “The security of the border is at the heart of everything Border Force does and that extends to both passengers and goods.

“We are constantly seeking to improve our methods of detection.

The Border Force is also responsible from monitoring 50 categories of goods being brought in to the UK.

This includes everything from radioactive and nuclear materials, drugs, firearms and offensive weapons, to counterfeit goods, endangered plant and animal species, rough diamonds and pornography.

Officers intercept drugs and goods smuggled through airports.

They also have specialist cutter and deep rummage teams that prevent smuggling attempts in UK waters. Earlier this month, Border Force officers at Stansted Airport seized counterfeit “Disney” children’s clothing and accessories worth more than £10,000.

Officers discovered 490 dresses and bags carrying images of the popular Disney film, Frozen.

In July, Border Force officers at the Port of Tilbury seized 6,000 litres of Nigerian spirits.

In an attempt to evade excise duty on the alcohol, the smugglers had listed the contents of the containers as foodstuffs.

If the smuggling attempt proved successful it could have cost the Treasury about £68,800 in unpaid duty.

In June, Border Force officers at the Port of Purfleet stopped an attempt to smuggle 3,251,080 cigarettes in to the UK hidden inside water storage heaters.

It would have cost the Treasury nearly £900,000 in unpaid duty.

 

 

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4:15pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Joanna-J says...

This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future
The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves.

Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying!

We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me!
This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves. Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying! We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me! Joanna-J
  • Score: 20

4:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

DAGASMAN says...

Joanna-J wrote:
This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future
The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves.

Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying!

We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me!
Careful, you'll have the lefties accusing you of wanting to gas the jews next!
[quote][p][bold]Joanna-J[/bold] wrote: This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves. Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying! We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me![/p][/quote]Careful, you'll have the lefties accusing you of wanting to gas the jews next! DAGASMAN
  • Score: 15

4:36pm Thu 28 Aug 14

angryofessex says...

“As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight” But in some cases seem to rely on people banging on the side of a container.
“As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight” But in some cases seem to rely on people banging on the side of a container. angryofessex
  • Score: 17

6:02pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jayman says...

Joanna-J wrote:
This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future
The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves.

Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying!

We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me!
They don't come to this country for benefits, they come for jobs that conservative paymasters provide such as.

Agriculture,
hospitality and catering,
Cleaning,
Low skilled Factory and process.

the 'entente secrète' amongst employment agencies is to advertise these jobs through legitimate sources but to recruit through gang masters who import the work 'product'

Never employ a British worker for manual labour jobs. Not because they cant do the work but because they expect things like

. minimum wage (as a minimum)
. Basic working rights
. fair treatment

It's not the migrants who are the scum-bags but oddly its the UKIP and Tory demographic who are most likely to use the services of aforementioned Gang-masters.
[quote][p][bold]Joanna-J[/bold] wrote: This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves. Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying! We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me![/p][/quote]They don't come to this country for benefits, they come for jobs that conservative paymasters provide such as. Agriculture, hospitality and catering, Cleaning, Low skilled Factory and process. the 'entente secrète' amongst employment agencies is to advertise these jobs through legitimate sources but to recruit through gang masters who import the work 'product' Never employ a British worker for manual labour jobs. Not because they cant do the work but because they expect things like . minimum wage (as a minimum) . Basic working rights . fair treatment It's not the migrants who are the scum-bags but oddly its the UKIP and Tory demographic who are most likely to use the services of aforementioned Gang-masters. jayman
  • Score: -18

6:14pm Thu 28 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Joanna-J wrote:
This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future
The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves.

Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying!

We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me!
Why don't you pi55 off over to one of the many needy countries, and allow some poor destitute immigrant to stay in your home, if many did that, the needy wouldn't be passing around a hat..
[quote][p][bold]Joanna-J[/bold] wrote: This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves. Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying! We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me![/p][/quote]Why don't you pi55 off over to one of the many needy countries, and allow some poor destitute immigrant to stay in your home, if many did that, the needy wouldn't be passing around a hat.. sesibollox
  • Score: -1

6:15pm Thu 28 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

angryofessex wrote:
“As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight” But in some cases seem to rely on people banging on the side of a container.
No your wrong, blame the bent lorry drivers, working class scum...
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: “As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight” But in some cases seem to rely on people banging on the side of a container.[/p][/quote]No your wrong, blame the bent lorry drivers, working class scum... sesibollox
  • Score: 5

6:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jayman says...

sesibollox wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
“As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight” But in some cases seem to rely on people banging on the side of a container.
No your wrong, blame the bent lorry drivers, working class scum...
I think you will find that most long distance lorry drivers are on about £30.000 + a year. though they work hard and are worth their salt I think you will find that this puts them beyond the 'working class' socio-economic category. also the lorry drivers that come to the UK through other ports are likely to be German or French. just thought I would take the time to de-escalate your provocative, wildly inaccurate 'daily mail' harmful thought process for you.. your welcome :)
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: “As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight” But in some cases seem to rely on people banging on the side of a container.[/p][/quote]No your wrong, blame the bent lorry drivers, working class scum...[/p][/quote]I think you will find that most long distance lorry drivers are on about £30.000 + a year. though they work hard and are worth their salt I think you will find that this puts them beyond the 'working class' socio-economic category. also the lorry drivers that come to the UK through other ports are likely to be German or French. just thought I would take the time to de-escalate your provocative, wildly inaccurate 'daily mail' harmful thought process for you.. your welcome :) jayman
  • Score: -8

7:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

sesibollox wrote:
Joanna-J wrote:
This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future
The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves.

Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying!

We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me!
Why don't you pi55 off over to one of the many needy countries, and allow some poor destitute immigrant to stay in your home, if many did that, the needy wouldn't be passing around a hat..
My God - have you ever read so much brainless left-wing filth. Did this idiot author help write the filthy scum filth Labour Party manifesto?? What FILTH!!!! Or maybe sesibollox overdid the Special Brew??
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joanna-J[/bold] wrote: This country is an absolute joke and holds no hope for the future The world is a sad place and of course I give understanding to all the other countries in a worse place than we are, but we need to help ourselves. Its ridiculous with the benefit system as it is for English people, with no jobs and even those hardworking not able to afford much this day and age without paying for all these immigrants and we are clearly not doing enough to prevent them staying! We may as well all not work and rely on the government because it seems those seeking benefits and illegal immigrants are doing much better than me![/p][/quote]Why don't you pi55 off over to one of the many needy countries, and allow some poor destitute immigrant to stay in your home, if many did that, the needy wouldn't be passing around a hat..[/p][/quote]My God - have you ever read so much brainless left-wing filth. Did this idiot author help write the filthy scum filth Labour Party manifesto?? What FILTH!!!! Or maybe sesibollox overdid the Special Brew?? Sensible Man
  • Score: -1

7:35pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

By the way - what did those stinking left-wing filth officials do - or not do - in Rotherham?? What about those poor girls - you left-wing ethnic-denying filth???? Labour Party eh??? Cover - up?? Surely not!!!! Stinking left-wing filth!!! I HATE THEM!!!!!!!
By the way - what did those stinking left-wing filth officials do - or not do - in Rotherham?? What about those poor girls - you left-wing ethnic-denying filth???? Labour Party eh??? Cover - up?? Surely not!!!! Stinking left-wing filth!!! I HATE THEM!!!!!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: 11

8:01pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jayman says...

Sensible Man wrote:
By the way - what did those stinking left-wing filth officials do - or not do - in Rotherham?? What about those poor girls - you left-wing ethnic-denying filth???? Labour Party eh??? Cover - up?? Surely not!!!! Stinking left-wing filth!!! I HATE THEM!!!!!!!
Thank you for your succinct, poignant and thought provoking contribution to the debate.

my knowledge of the complexities of this issue have been greatly enhanced by reading your in-depth scholarly analysis.

thank you x
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: By the way - what did those stinking left-wing filth officials do - or not do - in Rotherham?? What about those poor girls - you left-wing ethnic-denying filth???? Labour Party eh??? Cover - up?? Surely not!!!! Stinking left-wing filth!!! I HATE THEM!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Thank you for your succinct, poignant and thought provoking contribution to the debate. my knowledge of the complexities of this issue have been greatly enhanced by reading your in-depth scholarly analysis. thank you x jayman
  • Score: 3

9:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

Sensible Man wrote:
By the way - what did those stinking left-wing filth officials do - or not do - in Rotherham?? What about those poor girls - you left-wing ethnic-denying filth???? Labour Party eh??? Cover - up?? Surely not!!!! Stinking left-wing filth!!! I HATE THEM!!!!!!!
You need to be looked at...you're clearly deranged.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: By the way - what did those stinking left-wing filth officials do - or not do - in Rotherham?? What about those poor girls - you left-wing ethnic-denying filth???? Labour Party eh??? Cover - up?? Surely not!!!! Stinking left-wing filth!!! I HATE THEM!!!!!!![/p][/quote]You need to be looked at...you're clearly deranged. ThisYear
  • Score: -10

9:33pm Thu 28 Aug 14

lucy10 says...

ukip ukip ukip
ukip ukip ukip lucy10
  • Score: 6

10:00pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jayman says...

lucy10 wrote:
ukip ukip ukip
mushroom, mushroom.

see this for further reference...

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=EIyixC9N
sLI
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: ukip ukip ukip[/p][/quote]mushroom, mushroom. see this for further reference... https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=EIyixC9N sLI jayman
  • Score: -7

11:07pm Thu 28 Aug 14

ORACUS says...

One way to deal with this problem would be to let them get on the ferry a coast guard vessel meets the ferry at sea transfers the suspected terrorists question them and release them back in their own country all totally legal and no right to claim asylum.
When they turn up back home having wasted years of their lives it will serve as a deterrent to others not to bother trying to get into the UK.
One way to deal with this problem would be to let them get on the ferry a coast guard vessel meets the ferry at sea transfers the suspected terrorists question them and release them back in their own country all totally legal and no right to claim asylum. When they turn up back home having wasted years of their lives it will serve as a deterrent to others not to bother trying to get into the UK. ORACUS
  • Score: 7

4:58am Fri 29 Aug 14

tokyontroyzee says...

angryofessex wrote:
“As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight” But in some cases seem to rely on people banging on the side of a container.
And it clearly works....look at all those lovely immigrant's you see on our streets...lorry driver jailed for 6 years, the immigrants now living in england(with a lower case e)
The border patrol are a **** joke..........end of......p!
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: “As well as physical searches, officers use sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight” But in some cases seem to rely on people banging on the side of a container.[/p][/quote]And it clearly works....look at all those lovely immigrant's you see on our streets...lorry driver jailed for 6 years, the immigrants now living in england(with a lower case e) The border patrol are a **** joke..........end of......p! tokyontroyzee
  • Score: 8

5:17am Fri 29 Aug 14

tokyontroyzee says...

Goodbye england
Goodbye england tokyontroyzee
  • Score: 6

7:54am Fri 29 Aug 14

Bosniavet says...

Reading the article, it immediately seems to me that we should be employing more Border Force to serve on the "front line". The standards for employment in this government department should be strict, allowing only British-born citizens to apply, as there have been cases (with the passport & visa office) where others have been more willing to help those who have no right to be here. The whole situation regarding benefits, leave to remain & implementation of international agreements regarding asylum needs to be overhauled, maybe looking at how countries such as our "EU partners" & Australia tackle these issues. in short, something needs to be done, rukles need to be drawn up & stuck to.
Reading the article, it immediately seems to me that we should be employing more Border Force to serve on the "front line". The standards for employment in this government department should be strict, allowing only British-born citizens to apply, as there have been cases (with the passport & visa office) where others have been more willing to help those who have no right to be here. The whole situation regarding benefits, leave to remain & implementation of international agreements regarding asylum needs to be overhauled, maybe looking at how countries such as our "EU partners" & Australia tackle these issues. in short, something needs to be done, rukles need to be drawn up & stuck to. Bosniavet
  • Score: 6

7:56am Fri 29 Aug 14

thecoat says...

I wonder who will be moving into all the new homes that the councils want to build all over the UK...........
I wonder who will be moving into all the new homes that the councils want to build all over the UK........... thecoat
  • Score: 7

8:07am Fri 29 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

don't worry folks, Cameron has pledged it will be measured in just a few 'tens of thousands' a year, for the legal lot anyway, and with all the draconian benefit rules coming in, who would want to come to the UK, eh ? ...... with dave at the helm, I'm not in the least bit concerned about immigration
don't worry folks, Cameron has pledged it will be measured in just a few 'tens of thousands' a year, for the legal lot anyway, and with all the draconian benefit rules coming in, who would want to come to the UK, eh ? ...... with dave at the helm, I'm not in the least bit concerned about immigration pembury53
  • Score: -2

9:55am Fri 29 Aug 14

Bosniavet says...

thecoat wrote:
I wonder who will be moving into all the new homes that the councils want to build all over the UK...........
Hopefully those already on the waiting list - especially ex-servicemen who seem to get pushed to the back of the queue.....
[quote][p][bold]thecoat[/bold] wrote: I wonder who will be moving into all the new homes that the councils want to build all over the UK...........[/p][/quote]Hopefully those already on the waiting list - especially ex-servicemen who seem to get pushed to the back of the queue..... Bosniavet
  • Score: 0

8:15pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

ThisYear wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
By the way - what did those stinking left-wing filth officials do - or not do - in Rotherham?? What about those poor girls - you left-wing ethnic-denying filth???? Labour Party eh??? Cover - up?? Surely not!!!! Stinking left-wing filth!!! I HATE THEM!!!!!!!
You need to be looked at...you're clearly deranged.
You are so correct, I wonder if it's Gandy's Brother ? only a good friend from years back would love to say hello, earnt his beans in Angola, post Suez..
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: By the way - what did those stinking left-wing filth officials do - or not do - in Rotherham?? What about those poor girls - you left-wing ethnic-denying filth???? Labour Party eh??? Cover - up?? Surely not!!!! Stinking left-wing filth!!! I HATE THEM!!!!!!![/p][/quote]You need to be looked at...you're clearly deranged.[/p][/quote]You are so correct, I wonder if it's Gandy's Brother ? only a good friend from years back would love to say hello, earnt his beans in Angola, post Suez.. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 0

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