06 OCT 2016

Support for New Dover Patrol

My plan for a new Dover Patrol has been backed by a top military general and a former Border Force boss.

Major General Julian Thompson, a former Royal Marine and a Falklands veteran, and Tony Smith, director general of Border Force until 2013, believe that a new patrol led by the Royal Marines would help tackle people traffickers and prevent migrants landing on our shores in small craft.

Just last month three Iranian migrants landed on Walmer beach in a dinghy – the latest of several such incidents on the Kent and Sussex coast.

Like the people of Dover and Deal, General Thompson and Mr Smith can clearly see how more must be done urgently to shield our shores from people traffickers and tackle illegal immigration. We must guard our English Channel and catch these criminal gangs of slave-masters on the high seas.

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