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Plymouth Docks Involved In Border Row?

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4:19pm 16th November 2011

It is claimed passport checks at Plymouth's docks were among those relaxed this summer.

Leaked e-mails from the Home Secretary show 28 ports and airports were part of the controversial trial.

The UK's Border Agency boss quit last week, after Theresa May said he had scaled them back too far.

Ex-Duchy security expert Noel Whelan admits it is a worry: "You will have people who will see that vulnerability, and if they wanted to they could probably enter via the route. Well, that's a very, very serious concern because the one thing the UK has always had is very, very good, secure border controls."

Noel adds, "You've got all the military establishments around there. Also, if people know that at one of the bigger areas, there's more of a chance of getting detected if you're trying enter on a forged passport. So, going through a smaller and more relaxed area, that would make it more sensible and more ideal for people to enter through that area."

4:19pm 16th November 2011

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