‘Britain’s FBI’ arrest 30-year-old Albanian ‘people smuggler’

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Moment suspected Albanian people smuggler is arrested by ‘Britain’s FBI’ in dawn raid targeting gang ‘orchestrating small boat Channel crossings ‘

  • Suspected people smuggler was detained in the Tolworth Rise area of Surbiton 
  • NCA believes man is involved in an organised criminal gang smuggling migrants
  • Comes as UK and France vowed to work together to stop the illegal crossings  
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Officers from ‘Britain’s FBI’ arrested a 30-year-old Albanian suspected of smuggling migrants across the Channel following a dawn raid today in south-west London. 

The suspected people smuggler was detained in the Tolworth Rise area of Surbiton, with police also seizing cash and a tablet computer. 

The man is now being questioned by NCA officers on suspicion of being part of an organised crime gang that is sending migrants on the cross-Channel route. 

The suspected people smuggler was detained in the Tolworth Rise area of Surbiton, with police also seizing cash and a tablet computer

The suspected people smuggler was detained in the Tolworth Rise area of Surbiton, with police also seizing cash and a tablet computer

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The man is now being questioned by NCA officers on suspicion of being part of an organised crime gang that is sending migrants on the cross-Channel route

The man is now being questioned by NCA officers on suspicion of being part of an organised crime gang that is sending migrants on the cross-Channel route

NCA Regional Head of Investigation Jacque Beer said: ‘Attempts to reach the UK by small boat are incredibly dangerous, and we know a high percentage are facilitated by organised criminal networks of varying sophistication. 

‘These networks do not care about the safety or security of those they transport, they seek to exploit them for profit. The danger they pose means tackling them remains a priority for the NCA.

‘We believe today’s operation will have disrupted the activity of one such network, and our investigation continues.’

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The NCA alone has more than 60 ongoing investigations into networks or individuals allegedly involved in organised immigration crime or human trafficking. 

With much of this criminal activity taking place overseas, the agency is working with police in France, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Turkey and beyond. 

NCA Regional Head of Investigation Jacque Beer said: 'Attempts to reach the UK by small boat are incredibly dangerous, and we know a high percentage are facilitated by organised criminal networks of varying sophistication'

NCA Regional Head of Investigation Jacque Beer said: ‘Attempts to reach the UK by small boat are incredibly dangerous, and we know a high percentage are facilitated by organised criminal networks of varying sophistication’

Around 33,000 migrants have reached the UK on small boats via the English Channel so far this year, a record number

Around 33,000 migrants have reached the UK on small boats via the English Channel so far this year, a record number 

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Albanian traffickers are thought to play a major role in facilitating illegal migration across the Channel, while Albanians also feature heavily among the migrants making the journey.  

It comes as Britain and France vowed to stop all illegal Channel crossings after a record 33,000 migrants made the perilous journey so far this year. 

The ambitious goal is one of several announced by Prime Minister Liz Truss and President Emmanuel Macron following a bi-lateral meeting in Prague in the Czech Republic yesterday.  

The two countries revealed they will hold a summit in 2023, dubbed ‘La Cooperation’, in a bid to ‘strengthen cooperation on energy security’ while ‘tackling illegal migration.’  

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Britain and France have vowed to stop all illegal Channel crossings after a record 33,000 migrants have already made the perilous journey this year. Pictured: Liz Truss and Emmanuel Macron in Prague yesterday

Britain and France have vowed to stop all illegal Channel crossings after a record 33,000 migrants have already made the perilous journey this year. Pictured: Liz Truss and Emmanuel Macron in Prague yesterday 

At the summit, Ms Truss acknowledged Mr Macron as a ‘friend’ of Britain – after she previously failed to state whether he was ‘friend or foe’, sparking backlash. 

A joint statement by the two countries said their respective leaders had ‘agreed to deepen cooperation on illegal migration within the bounds of international law, to tackle criminal groups trafficking people across Europe, ending in dangerous journeys across the Channel.’

It implored ‘Interior Ministers’ to ‘conclude an ambitious package of measures this autumn’, adding that PM Truss and President Macron had ‘agreed to reinforce cooperation with near neighbours, including through an early meeting of the Calais group.’  

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Downing Street's official Twitter page announces next year's summit, which will be held in France

Downing Street’s official Twitter page announces next year’s summit, which will be held in France 

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