A government source said Thursday’s talks were aimed at “preventing them from getting into the water,” adding: “By the time they’re in the water it’s much more difficult. It’s about more information sharing and use, more patrolling, more constables, more aerial surveillance and better planning. ”
Mr O’Mahoney, a former Royal Marine, told MPs last month that increased aerial surveillance was essential, saying: ‘It would indeed help them [the French] to get their agents to the right place at the right time and keep people from leaving the beaches. It would be a drastic change in our ability. ”
Britain also offers a state-of-the-art Tekever AR5 drone that can stay in flight for 20 hours and cover swathes of land and sea with its cameras and radar at speeds of 60 mph. It has already made it possible to follow and capture a band of traffickers crossing the Channel.
The UK also continues to pressure France to accept “disruptive” tactics to use nets to block the propellers of migrant boats so that they can be embarked and returned to France.
Priti Patel, Home Secretary, Conservative MPs and Border Force officials believe such tactics to effectively make the road unsustainable are the only way to stop traffic, but France remains opposed to security concerns and fears the measures violate maritime laws that put the protection of life first.
A government source said: “People claim it’s dangerous, but people are dying now. You need to make sure that you have done all you can. “
A cousin of Mr. Iran-Nejad said his relatives in Iran were “devastated”. The family had sold their house before leaving Iran and paid £ 14,000 to board the boat with an additional £ 8,200 believed to be due when they arrived safely in the UK.
Mr Iran-Nejad was the oldest of five brothers who still live in Iran with his parents and was the first in the family to want to come to the UK. “Her only hope of coming to the UK was a better future for the children,” her cousin said.
The cousin launched an “appeal for help” to the French government to help cover the £ 90,000 for returning the remains of the family’s bodies to Iran.