Dover Border Force official ‘is arrested for being an illegal immigrant’
A civil servant working for the UK Border Force has been arrested on suspicion of being an illegal migrant himself.
The man was arrested while working for the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK’s borders.
His bosses reportedly acted quickly as soon as doubts were raised about his status, reports The Sun.
The case emerges as the government struggles to crack down on illegal migration, with 45,000 crossings on small boats this year.
Migrants are helped by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat before being taken to a beach in Dungeness
Border Force personnel are in the midst of industrial action, with strikes at six airports this morning.
The suspect is believed to be in his late 30s and arrived in the UK around 20 years ago from the Balkans.
It is alleged he lied on documents about his origins in order to gain the right to stay in the UK and then work for the Home Office.
During the 1990s, hundreds of Albanian men falsely claimed to be Kosovars in order to gain asylum in the UK.
The same man is also believed to be among four Border Force personnel who were arrested in a separate incident on December 6.
The four men were arrested on suspicion of misconduct in the performance of public duties and conspiracy to steal.
The Manston Immigration Short Term Detention Center located in Thanet, Kent
Three were arrested at the Western Jet Foil Immigration Center in Dover, Kent, while a fourth was apprehended elsewhere.
Agents from the Interior Ministry’s anti-corruption unit made the arrests and seized mobile phones and laptops, as well as searched the homes of the suspects.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “On December 6, the Home Office Anti-Corruption Unit arrested four immigration staff on suspicion of misconduct in public service and conspiracy to steal.
“They were released pending further investigation and were immediately suspended.
“An officer arrested in connection with the conspiracy had previously been arrested and released on bail for immigration offenses.
“We expect the highest standards from our staff.
“As soon as we learn of allegations of wrongdoing, they are thoroughly investigated and we do not hesitate to take decisive action.”