Arrest made in Channel death investigation 

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National Crime Agency officers have arrested a man as part of an investigation into the death of a woman who is thought to have died attempting to cross the Channel in a small boat.

The 21-year-old Sudanese national was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and facilitating illegal immigration in Dover today and is now in custody.

It follows the discovery of a woman’s body on a beach near Calais on Tuesday (26 September).

The death is now being investigated by the French authorities, supported by the NCA and Kent Police.

The man in custody is suspected of having piloted a boat which reached UK waters yesterday.

NCA Deputy Director Craig Turner said:

“This incident demonstrates the danger posed to those making these crossings.

“Targeting the criminal networks involved is a priority for the NCA, and we are working with French partners to identify those responsible for this tragic death.”


You can help secure Britain’s borders. If you live near the coast, waterways or a rural airfield and see anything suspicious please report it to your local police or Crimestoppers quoting ‘Kraken’ (if near a waterway) or ‘Pegasus’ (if at an airfield).

You should also report any information about individuals abusing their positions at a port or airport. Again please report this to your local police or Crimestoppers.


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