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Britain borders need strengthening to stop the terrorists sneaking in

BRITAIN urgently needs more border guards to keep out terrorists and migrants, the Home Office was warned last night.

Too few are employed to stop people smugglers who are increasingly using smaller ports


Too few are employed to stop people smugglers who are increasingly using smaller ports, it was claimed.

The number of Border Force officers has been cut in the last five years by more than 500 to just 7,600.

Authorities are now trying to beef up security in with a new 13ft-high wall round the French port.

But critics warn that as grows, this will drive those trying to get to Britain – among them potential terrorists – to find other ways to sneak in rather than from Calais to Dover.

There has got to be a terrorist waiting to get in the country. You would be a fool not to believe that

Mike Hookem, Ukip MEP

“There has got to be a terrorist waiting to get in the country. You would be a fool not to believe that.”

The current 7,600 border force officers have to cover 138 ports and airports.

The Home Office insists they are able to cope because it has invested millions in new technology.

A border force guard checks details at a UK portGETTY

Border Force officers have been cut in the last five years by more than 500 to just 7,600


Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP for DoverGETTY

The capture of a boatload of migrants is ‘just the tip of a very large iceberg’, says Elphicke


But former Special Branch Officer Chris Hobbs said: “The fact is that while this technology is useful, it cannot replace experienced officers.

“Of course being ‘intelligence-led’ is a useful tool but it is a ‘cover up’ term for cutbacks or reductions in staffing.”

Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP for Dover, has highlighted “a rising threat from people trafficking by yachts and small boats”.

He described the capture of a single boatload of migrants on a beach as “just the tip of a very large iceberg”.

Jungle camp in CalaisGETTY

Authorities are trying to beef up security in Calais with a new 13ft-high wall round Calais


Meanwhile the Adam Smith Institute think-tank highlighted the weakness of airport security.

In a highly critical report, it said more than 250 million passengers flew in and out of Britain last year, up 20 per cent since 2010.

But it added: “Since 2010, the Border Force’s funding has also been cut by about 15 per cent in absolute terms, which against the passenger rise implies a 25 per cent cut.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “Border controls are among the toughest in the world. We have mobile regional teams who can support local ports if needed.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/713100/Britain-borders-stop-terrorists-sneaking-in-beef-up?_ga=1.135686450.2040310597.1459020076

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Border controls have been laughable for years allowing migrants and possible terrorists to ride in the back of lorries from Calais to England easily. If positive action had been taken to check every vehicle boarding a ferry accurately, even if this meant a line of vehicles stretching to Paris which would hit European exporters hardest, the word would have spread that you cannot get to England that way and it would have stopped and /or the French would have taken it seriously. Instead it has been allowed to grow sending the message that getting to England is easy and if… Read more »
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