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Crimes Involving people who have Entered the UK Illegally

Question

 

  1. Please can you tell me how many cases you have dealt with in recent years involving people who have entered the UK illegally, either by boat, ferry, lorry or train?

 I appreciate that such cases are handed on to Border Force to deal with and that in many cases you will not make any arrests and may not even detain people.

Therefore if possible, please could you state how many INDIVIDUALS your force has passed on to immigration enforcement (ie Border Force) in each of the past three years (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16).

  1. If this is not possible using your databases, please state how many TIMES your force has assed people on to immigration enforcement (ie Border Force) in each of the past three years (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16).
  2. If that is not possible, please simply state how many people you have dealt with /      detained / arrested on suspicion of entering the UK without leave) in each of the past three years (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16).

Answer

1. The information has been provided in the table below. This provides the number of individuals that have been processed through custody and passed to the immigration authorities. We are unable to differentiate between individuals arrested by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and those being held on behalf of the immigration authorities.

Time period

Number of individuals passed to Immigration   authorities

2013-14

267

2014-15

227

2015-16

270

2. As question 1 has been answered this is not applicable.

3. As question 1 has been answered this is not applicable.

In addition, Avon and Somerset Constabulary can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section     1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by or concerning certain Security Bodies.

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

 

FOI Ref:800/16

Date of Request: 08.06.16