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Sometimes you just can’t make it up. The UK Border Agency has posted a video on YouTube of it crushing a van used by people smugglers.


As I understand it, the nine Kuwaiti migrants were removed first. So were the people smugglers. Although it doesn’t actually explicitly say so anywhere in the press release. Indeed, Regional Director, Simon Walker at the UK Border Agency is quoted as saying

Immigration abuse will not be tolerated, and we will always take the strongest possible action against those involved.

This really is getting tough.

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4 Responses

  1. A pointless display of muscle flexing if you ask me!

    The point can easily me made without this video unless the wet tarmac and the grey skies are supposed to be the real deterrent in all of this.

  2. I am please to see that they crushed a van belonging to people smugglers and not human traffickers. Time and again UKBA get this crime against the state confused with crimes against the person.

  3. A confiscation order to destroy the van, creating further costs? Why not flog it off to the highest bidder? The proceeds could help to implement efficient immigration control, perhaps reducing waiting times by a fraction of a second.

    And the press release “forgot” to mention what became of those being smuggled. Perhaps they’re in a queue somewhere with plenty of time to read about financial cutbacks whilst waiting…