Appeal for information after suspected migrants arrive on Devon beach

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Police have appealed for information after reports of suspected migrants arriving at Slapton Sands near Dartmouth this morning, Wednesday 15 June.

Police were called to the area this at around 7.10am to reports of a boat dropping off around 12 people at the beach.

The suspected migrants are then reported to have been taken to two vehicles waiting nearby which left the area.

A police spokesperson said: “A large policing response was sent to the area following this incident being reported to us, but at this time no arrest have been made and those who landed on the beach, currently believed to be migrants, have yet to have been located.

“Our initial report states that those who landed on the beach were immediately taken into two vehicles that were waiting near-by and which immediately left the area.

“The vehicles are described as a silver people carrier with blacked out windows, and the second vehicle a black people carrier.

“We are appealing to the public to help us locate those responsible and so we can locate and ensure the welfare of those who landed on the beach. We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area from 6:30-7:30am and who may have information that could assist with our enquiries.

“We would also ask anyone who lives in this area of Dartmouth and near Slapton Sands to check dashcams and CCTV and to contact us immediately if they have any footage that can assist.

“Please contact 101 quoting log 0101 Wednesday 15 June. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling freephone 0800 555111.”

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