An appeal has been launched following a boat landing at Slapton Sands Beach in Dartmouth this morning in which about a dozen illegal migrants were dropped onto the beach and then taken to two waiting vehicles which immediately left the area. 

Police described the vehicles as a “silver people carrier” with blacked out windows and a “black people carrier.”

The incident happened at about 7am this morning (Wednesday, 15th June).

A police spokesperson said:

“A large policing response was sent to the area following this incident being reported to us, but at this time no arrests have been made and those who landed on the beach, currently believed to be migrants, have yet to have been located.

“Our initial report states that those who landed on the beach were immediately taken into two vehicles that were waiting near-by and which immediately left the area.”

The spokesperson continued:

“We are appealing to the public to help us locate those responsible and so we can locate and ensure the welfare of those who landed on the beach. We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area from 6.30-7.30am and who may have information that could assist with our enquiries.”

“We ask anyone who lives in this area of Dartmouth and near Slapton Sands to check dashcams and CCTV and to contact us immediately if the have any footage that can assist.”

Police urged anyone with information to contact 101 and quote lol 0101 Wednesday 15 June. Alternatively anyone with information could call Crimestoppers at 0800555111 or online at

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