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The UK has reportedly gifted Albania cameras and drones to catch individuals smugglers serving to migrants cross the Channel.

The reward, which is believed to be price a whopping £1.6m, will likely be used to cease individuals smuggling gangs on the supply.

Immigration minister Michael Tomlinson revealed the brand new deployment in an unique interview with The Telegraph from Albania.

He: “Stopping the boats doesn’t just start in the English Channel, stopping the boats starts at source here in the Western Balkans, in Albania.”

High-tech drones with infrared have been used to identify criminals as they try to evade border police through the use of slender mountainous roads to sneak out and in of Albania.

This is a part of a surveillance community that additionally consists of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras put in on the Albania-Kosovo border to recognise British automobiles beforehand utilized by individuals smugglers.

Their quantity plates might be fed again to British police to look their data and assist establish members of Albanian legal gangs based mostly within the UK.

Mr Tomlinson mentioned: “The drones are hugely important in the countryside around the borders which is mountainous with dangerous routes across them.

“The number plate recognition means we can liaise with our teams in the UK, track the plates, see who is coming in, going out and make seizures as well.”

The immigration minister was in Albania to go to the UK’s New Perspectives programme, designed to create training, jobs and enterprise alternatives to discourage Albanians from leaving their dwelling nation.

Mr Tomlinson mentioned: “For young Albanians, for example, to stay in Albania, there’s no need to try to pay thousands of pounds to people smugglers who don’t care if you live or if you die because there are opportunities here … and we’re seeing that in terms of social media campaigns.”

He mentioned the variety of Albanians crossing the Channel on small boats has gone down by greater than 90 p.c and almost 6,000 Albanians have been deported within the 12 months to March.