Break down of arrests from raids on people smuggling

Raids have been carried out in multiple locations. Picture: National Crime Agency.
Raids have been carried out in multiple locations. Picture: National Crime Agency.

A total of 21 people have been arrested during a national operation to smash a people smuggling ring.

Officers from The National Crime Agency (NCA) have carried out raids in Hartlepool and across the country as part of a major operation targeting a group suspected of people smuggling in the North East, London and the South Coast.

Two of the raids were carried out in Hartlepool, with two arrests made and a further arrest was made on the A19 near Wolviston services.

The investigation has been going on for a year, according to the NCA, and more than 20 properties have been raided.

Raids in Hartlepool as part of bid to smash national people smuggling ring


The National Crime Agency (NCA) has released the full list of the 21 arrests made:

Cleveland

1 Cleveland police officers arrested a 37-year-old man on the A19 near Wolviston services on suspicion of people smuggling and money laundering offences.

2 NCA officers arrested a 33-year-old woman in Stockton on suspicion of people smuggling and money laundering offences.

3 NCA officers arrested a 34-year-old man in Stockton on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

4 NCA officers arrested a 41-year-old man in Middlesbrough on suspicion of people smuggling and money laundering offences.

5 NCA officers arrested a 42-year-old man in Middlesbrough on suspicion of people smuggling and money laundering offences.

6 NCA officers arrested a 60-year-old man in Stainton on suspicion of people smuggling and money laundering offences.

7 NCA officers arrested a 35-year-old man in Bishop Auckland on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

8 NCA officers arrested a 58-year-old man in Hartlepool on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

9 NCA officers arrested a 23-year-old man in Hartlepool on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

10 NCA officers arrested a 47-year-old woman in Stockton on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

11 NCA officers arrested a 22-year-old man in Stockton, on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

12 NCA officers arrested a 44-year-old man in Middlesborough on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

13 NCA officers arrested a 41-year-old man in Stockton on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

14 NCA officers arrested a 37-year-old man in Middlesborough on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

15 NCA officers arrested a 40-year-old man in Middlesborough on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

16 NCA officers arrested a 25-year-old man in Middlesborough on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

Northumbria

17 NCA officers arrested a 35-year-old man in Newcastle upon Tyne on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

Sussex

18 NCA officers arrested a 47-year-old man in Hastings on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

19 NCA officers arrested a 35-year-old man in Hastings on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

London

20 NCA officers arrested a 44-year-old man in London on suspicion of people smuggling offences.

21 NCA officers arrested a 27-year-old man in London on suspicion of people smuggling offences.