UK BOAT SUPPLIERS WARNED TO BE ON ALERT FOR PEOPLE SMUGGLERS

On 29 April, the Guardian reported that boat suppliers have been warned by the NCA that they face organised crime groups coming to them to buy or steal vessels and equipment for smuggling people across the Channel ahead of an expected increase over the Summer.  The NCA has issued an alert to the UK maritime industry, warning that the significant rise in asylum seekers attempting to reach the UK from France has seen a rise in demand for boats, and identifying a number of red flags.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/29/uk-boat-suppliers-warned-people-smugglers-bring-asylum-seekers-across-channel-national-crime-agency

https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/nca-issues-warning-to-maritime-industry-over-organised-crime-links-to-small-boats

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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