Following Home Secretary Priti Patel’s announcement of a new agreement with French authorities, the PA news agency recaps some of the biggest developments around migrant crossings in 2020.
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Seventy-two people have been arrested in an anti-people smuggling operation after they were found crammed onto a 30m fishing boat off the coast of East Anglia.
The first arrests have been made over alleged fraud in two UK Government support schemes designed to help businesses hit by Covid-19.
A migrant has died trying to cross the Channel from France to the UK, French authorities have said.
An Iranian national who ran a financial services company designed for cyber criminals has been sentenced in the US after being arrested and extradited from the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
A businessman linked to organised crime has had almost £10 million worth of properties, cash and land seized through an unexplained wealth order, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
The issue of migrants making the dangerous crossing to the UK in small boats will be “here for a while” despite efforts to combat smugglers, it is believed.
Police Scotland has announced plans to increase more specially-trained officers to combat cyber crime.
A £21 million haul of heroin that was hidden inside bags of rice has been seized from a container ship at a UK port.
More than 120 cases of Zoom video calls being hijacked by people displaying images of child abuse are currently being investigated in the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has confirmed it is investigating reports that child abuse footage was used in some recent “Zoombombing” incidents.
Criminals are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to steal information from people in the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned.
Police in Aberdeen have seized around 45kg of drugs worth more than £1,000,000.
Sajid Javid has warned internet giants they could face new laws unless they step up efforts to tackle child abuse content.
Encrypted communication services are eroding the ability of law enforcement to detect dangerous offenders, an official report has warned.
Smart devices such as televisions, toys and smart home speakers will be expected to include new, strong security features to keep them safe from hackers, the Government has said.