Woman charged after Border Force arrests in Portsmouth

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A French woman has appeared in court charged with immigration offences after the Border Force made two arrests in Portsmouth’s International Port.

Officers carrying out checks at the port had stopped a French-registered car, which had travelled by ferry from Cherbourg on Tuesday.

Audrey Emilie Delevaux, 39, from Ambilly in France, was arrested and charged with facilitating the entry of a non-EU national into the UK and using a counterfeit identity document.

She appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and has been remanded in custody until her next appearance on August 11.

A 30-year-old Albanian woman was also arrested for entering the UK illegally and has now been returned to France.

Carole Upshall, the Border Force regional director, said: ‘Border Force has officers at the UK’s ports and airports to prevent fraudulent attempts to enter the country and to protect our borders from those intent on abusing the system.

‘Our officers are backed up by specialist criminal investigators who are cracking down on all forms of immigration abuse.’

Anyone with information about immigration crime can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously on visit crimestoppers-uk.org.