THREE Britons are among 12 suspects arrested after a Europe-wide investigation into a gang of people traffickers following a flood of small boat crossings to the UK.
Two men and a woman, aged 33 to 40, have been detained in London on suspicion of aiding illegal immigration.
Two more took place in Calais and seven in Holland. The gang transported migrants in high speed rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) at £ 3,000 per person.
Sources blamed them for a “surge” in arrivals from northern France – nearly 7,000 this year.
Police also seized ten RIBs, 12 cars, a boat trailer, 152 life jackets and more than £ 40,000.
Belgian prosecutor Frank Demeester said: “It is clear that organized criminal groups are working internationally.”
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