‘Lack of pa­trol boats’ putting Bri­tain at risk

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER head of the Royal Navy has warned that Bri­tain is at risk from ter­ror­ists and traf­fick­ers be­cause of the lack of boats that pa­trol UK wa­ters.

Lord West de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as a “com­plete mess” as three Border Force ves­sels are left to pa­trol 7,700 miles of coast­line.

This fol­lows the de­ploy­ment of one to the Aegean Sea to help with the mi­grant cri­sis and af­ter ae­rial sur­veil­lance of Bri­tain’s shores was scrapped in Jan­uary.

Lord West said: “We are tak­ing a cal­cu­lated risk with our own ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters.

“Al­ready we have seen these il­le­gal im­mi­grants and I don’t be­lieve there aren’t clever traf­fick­ers us­ing the smaller ports to send them and I’m sure ter­ror­ists are aware of the route too.

“We need to get a grip on this. We are tak­ing a gam­ble that noth­ing will ever hap­pen in our seas and that is a risky view to take given the dan­ger­ous world we are in.”

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