Key person in migrant smuggling arrested

He is wanted by Belgian police and arrested at his workplace in east London.

The 29-year-old is suspected of having acquired boats in Turkey and then had them delivered to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Since then, the league’s members have transported the boats to the coast of northern France where they have been used to bring people to Britain.

The man will appear in court on Thursday when the extradition process begins.

The number of migrants crossing the English Channel from France has increased sharply and several serious accidents have occurred. In November last year, almost 30 people died when their boat sank.

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