UK special forces will go undercover to infiltrate Calais people smuggling gangs

UK special forces will go undercover to infiltrate Calais people smuggling gangs
UK special forces will go undercover to infiltrate Calais people smuggling gangs

British Special Forces are poised to go to Calais to help French police track down the crime gangs sending migrants across the Channel. 

The UK could offer up a team of around 30 elite troops from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) to help authorities in France tackle the ongoing crisis, according to The Mirror

At least 27 migrants downed in the deadliest-ever Channel crossing earlier this week, with the disaster coming just hours after French police sat and watched boats leave their shore.

Four alleged people smugglers thought to be connected with the disaster were arrested by police north of Dunkirk, near the France-Belgian border, on Wednesday evening after tragedy struck shortly around 2pm. 

At least 27 migrants downed in the deadliest-ever Channel crossing earlier this week (Pictured - Dover)

At least 27 migrants downed in the deadliest-ever Channel crossing earlier this week (Pictured - Dover) 

The only two survivors of the horror – an Iraqi and a Somalian – have reportedly told French police the dinghy was hit by a container ship that punctured its thin rubber hull and sank the vessel. 

It is believed that smugglers in makeshift camps are continuing to offer trips across the Channel, despite the latest incident. 

This morning, police officers have been photographed evicting migrants from a camp in Calais following talks between regional officials in France.   

Earlier this week Boris Johnson made a renewed offer of hundreds of British 'boots on the ground' to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. 

Mr Johnson told reporters on Wesnesday: 'This disaster underscores how dangerous it is to cross the channel in this way, and it also shows how vital it is that we step up our efforts to break the business model of the gangsters who are sending people to sea in this way.

The only two survivors of the horror have reportedly told French police the dinghy was hit by a container ship that punctured its thin rubber hull and sank the vessel.

The only two survivors of the horror have reportedly told French police the dinghy was hit by a container ship that punctured its thin rubber hull and sank the vessel.

It is believed that smugglers in makeshift camps are continuing to offer trips across the Channel, despite the latest incident

It is believed that smugglers in makeshift camps are continuing to offer trips across the Channel, despite the latest incident

The SSR regiment (logo pictured) is the most secret part of UK special forces, specialising in aggressive surveillance

The SSR regiment (logo pictured) is the most secret part of UK special forces, specialising in aggressive surveillance

Police Officers have been evicting migrants staying in a camp in Calais, France

Police Officers have been evicting migrants staying in a camp in Calais, France 

This morning, police officers have been photographed evicting migrants from a camp in Calais following talks between regional officials in France.

This morning, police officers have been photographed evicting migrants from a camp in Calais following talks between regional officials in France.

How many UK-bound migrants have died trying to cross the Channel this year? 

Before today's accident, which left at least 27 dead, a total of seven people were confirmed to have died trying to make it across the Channel to Britain this year. 

A further seven migrants were missing, presumed drowned, after various incidents this year.

March 2021: One migrant missing and feared drowned after the boat he was in trying to reach the UK capsized.

August 2021: At least two migrants drowned off the coast of the UK while another died after being airlifted to hospital as part of a huge air and sea rescue operation after a boat carrying around 40 people began taking on water. 

October 2021: Three Somali migrants feared to have drowned after falling overboard while trying to reach Britain. A further four people, including two children, died while crossing. 

November 2021: One migrant dies in

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