Detectives arrest three seamen for smuggling 69 Albanian migrants from Belgium to UK

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Detectives arrest three seamen in attempt to smuggle 69 Albanian migrants from Belgium to UK on fishing boat

  • Lithuanian, 34, Israeli, 32, and Latvian, 39, arrested
  • Footage shows police knocking on a door before the man opens in his underwear
  • Arrests were made after a boat intercepted in East Anglia last November 17 17

Detectives have arrested three seamen in connection with an attempt to smuggle 69 Albanian migrants from Belgium to the UK on a fishing boat.

The trio, a 34-year-old Lithuanian national living in Lambeth, a 32-year-old Israeli national living in Finchley and a 39-year-old Latvian national living in Kent, were detained by NCA agents during a series of raids this year. morning.

Footage shows officers knocking on a door before a man in his underwear lets them in. National Crime Agency agents arrest the man and take him away.

The trio, a 34-year-old Lithuanian national living in Lambeth, a 32-year-old Israeli national living in Finchley and a 39-year-old Latvian national living in Kent, were detained by NCA agents during a series of raids this year.  morning

The trio, a 34-year-old Lithuanian national living in Lambeth, a 32-year-old Israeli national living in Finchley and a 39-year-old Latvian national living in Kent, were detained by NCA agents during a series of raids this year. morning

Footage shows officers knocking on a door before a man in his underwear lets them in.  National Crime Agency agents arrest the man and take him away

Footage shows officers knocking on a door before a man in his underwear lets them in.  National Crime Agency agents arrest the man and take him away

Footage shows officers knocking on a door before a man in his underwear lets them in. National Crime Agency agents arrest the man and take him away

The men are now being questioned on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.

The arrests follow the interception of the fishing boat Svanic off the coast of East Anglia on November 17 last year, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

The boat had departed from the Ostend region of Belgium and was carrying 69 Albanian passengers, who were unloaded in Harwich to be handled by immigration authorities.

The three crew members, one Latvian and two Ukrainian nationals, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration and subsequently charged.

The arrests follow the interception of the fishing boat Svanic off the coast of East Anglia on November 17 last year, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

The arrests follow the interception of the fishing boat Svanic off the coast of East Anglia on November 17 last year, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

The arrests follow the interception of the fishing boat Svanic off the coast of East Anglia on November 17 last year, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

The boat had departed from the Ostend region of Belgium and was carrying 69 Albanian passengers, who were unloaded in Harwich to be handled by immigration authorities

The boat had departed from the Ostend region of Belgium and was carrying 69 Albanian passengers, who were unloaded in Harwich to be handled by immigration authorities

The boat had departed from the Ostend region of Belgium and was carrying 69 Albanian passengers, who were unloaded in Harwich to be handled by immigration authorities

Jacque Beer, NCA Regional Chief Investigator, said: “Those arrested today are suspected of having played a key role in the events leading up to the Svanic interception last November.

“This was a serious attempt to breach UK border controls and our investigation into that incident continues.

“But today’s activity once again demonstrates our determination to disrupt and dismantle people smuggling networks wherever they operate. It’s a top priority for the NBA.”

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