Isle of Wight oil tanker: Seven men granted bail - but remain detained by Border Force

HAMPSHIRE police have bailed seven men who were detained during a dramatic special forces operation on an oil tanker off the coast of the Isle of Wight at the weekend.

Thursday, 29th October 2020, 11:33 pm
A police boat patrolling next to the Nave Andromeda at berth in Port of Southampton this afternoon, following the major incident off the east coast of the Isle of Wight after seven stowaways were detained from the vessel after a reported hijacking. Photo: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency

Seven men have been bailed for their part in the maritime security incident that took place on board the Nave Andromeda off the coast of the Isle of Wight on Sunday, October 25.

The incident saw stowaways attempt to gain control of the tanker, leading to a 10-hour stand-off with police before sixteen elite commandos from the Special Boat Service stormed the ship.

Hampshire Constabulary had been granted two extensions to question the seven men.

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A spokesman from the force said: ‘The seven arrested men, who are all Nigerian nationals, have subsequently been bailed in relation to the criminal investigation whilst investigators continue their enquiries, but will now remain detained under Border Force powers.’

Officers had 24 hours to question someone in custody.

After the first 24 hours, they then apply for 12 more hours with authorisation from a senior officer.

After that, all applications must be applied via the courts and authorised by a judge.

A maximum of 96 hours can be granted.

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