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Ukranian men to face people smuggling charges after yacht containing 19 migrants landed in Southwold

PUBLISHED: 15:07 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:01 19 October 2017

A British Border Force vessel. Picture: Nick Butcher

A British Border Force vessel. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Four men from the Ukraine are facing people smuggling charges after a yacht with 19 migrants on board landed on the Suffolk coast.

Yuril Dzhuraniuk, 26, Mykhailo Riok, 27, Yevhenii Vasilikov, 30, and Yupi Karakin, 27, were arrested following the vessel’s arrival in Southwold on Sunday.

The yacht is alleged to have sailed across the North Sea from the Netherlands.

All four men have been charged with facilitating illegal migration and are due to appear at London’s Blackfriars Crown Court on November 14.

Officers from Border Force and the National Crime Agency were patrolling the waters and boarded the yacht soon after it arrived.

Head of maritime command Doug McLellan said: “This is one example of how Border Force works constantly to protect the UK’s coastline, with our coastal patrol vessels playing a key role in this.

“These boats carry out regular patrols of our waters, and are always ready to respond quickly when needed.”

Two suspected crew members were arrested following the incident alongside nine migrants.

According to the NCA two drivers and 10 other migrants were also arrested after vehicles heading towards Ipswich were stopped by officers from Suffolk police.

The group of 19 migrants, consisting of both men and women, were detained by the Government’s immigration enforcement agency.

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