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Migrants escorted into Portsmouth after being found on board yacht

Picture credited to the National Crime Agency

An investigation's been launched by the National Crime Agency after eight illegal migrants were found on board a yacht - and escorted into Portsmouth.

Officials have arrested a 64 year old British national - who was the skipper of the vessel discovered last night - as part of their enquiries.

The boat involved is being forensically examined at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Eight Albanian nationals were found on board and their cases are now being dealt with in line with UK immigration rules by Immigration Enforcement.

NCA operations manager Martin Matthews said:

“The NCA works closely with our law enforcement partners to protect our borders, and targeting and disrupting criminal groups involved in people smuggling is one of our highest priorities.

“This particular incident is now the subject of a criminal investigation, and I’m grateful for the assistance of Border Force, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Ministry of Defence in that.”

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