French police have busted a major people-smuggling ring that has made £3.5million carrying 2,000 migrants across the Channel in dinghies.
The ring, run by Iraqi Kurdish migrants, had a logistics hub in Lille, a northern French city about 60 miles from the Channel beaches around Calais used for crossings.
Three Iraqi men have been charged, along with three French suspects after their arrest on Monday.
Police discovered ‘a real factory supplying nautical equipment’ in Lille, where they seized more than a dozen boats and 700 life jackets.
A group of migrants are brought ashore at Dungeness beach in Kent after being rescued by the RNLI
Police officers speak to migrants at Dungeness beach yesterday in the latest of a wave of crossings
In what was their biggest ever seizure of equipment, they found 13 inflatable boats, 14 outboard engines, 700 life jackets, 100 pumps and 700 litres of fuel.
The group is suspected of having organised 80 Channel crossings over the…