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Jamie Parsons jailed after attempting to smuggle 6 people into the UK via the Channel Tunnel

By Sam Williams

A man is behind bars after attempting to smuggle six people into the UK by hiding them in a campervan.

Jamie Parsons, 31, hid two people in a storage compartment and a further four in a bottom bunk bed when he tried to enter the country via the Channel Tunnel.

But he was stopped by Border Force officers at the UK Control Zone in Coquelles, France on August 29, 2017.

Jamie Parsons has been jailed for trying to smuggle people through the Channel Tunnel. Picture: Home Office
Jamie Parsons has been jailed for trying to smuggle people through the Channel Tunnel. Picture: Home Office

He was driving a hired motorhome and claimed to be returning from a camping trip in Belgium.

Parsons was asked by officers to unlock the vehicle’s rear storage compartment and two people were found hiding inside.

A full search of the vehicle was then carried out and four more people were found hiding in the bottom bunk bed at the rear of the motorhome.

None of the group, which consisted of four men and two women from Albania, had the correct documentation to enter the UK.

Parsons, of Fairhill Walk, Fairwater, Cwmbran, South Wales, was arrested on suspicion of assisting illegal entry into the UK and the investigation was passed to Immigration Enforcement’s Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) team.

The Albanian nationals were handed to the French authorities.

People were found hidden in the campervan. Picture: Home Office
People were found hidden in the campervan. Picture: Home Office

He admitted facilitating illegal immigration during an earlier hearing at Canterbury Crown Court, and was today sentenced to two and a half years in jail.

Assistant Director David Fairclough, from the CFI team, said: "Parsons was committing a serious offence – abuse of the UK’s immigration laws – and this reckless gamble for financial gain has ended with a criminal conviction.

"This case is testament to both the thorough investigative work of my officers, as well as to the vigilance of the Border Force officers who made the initial detection.

"We will continue to ensure that those engaged in this kind of criminality are brought before the courts and prosecuted."

Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe, said: "Border Force works in close partnership with other UK and French law enforcement agencies to secure the border in northern France.

"We will continue to ensure that people smugglers and traffickers, whose actions so often endanger others, face the full consequences of their crimes."

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