£20m extra for scanners to detect stowaways on Calais lorries

Extracts from an article by Jim Armitage, city editor for The Evening Standard.

“Border Force officials are planning to spend £20 million on new scanning equipment that can spot stowaways inside vehicles, the Evening Standard has learned.

Britain currently has only five scanners to use on the hundreds of thousands of freight vehicles crossing the Channel from Calais and Coquelles in France, and Zeebrugge in Belgium.”[…]

“The papers, highlighted by tenders analyst Tussell, request screening systems that will scan 200 to 250 vehicles per hour and include automated number plate recognition.”

Read the full article on the Evening Standard website.

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