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Nine people have been arrested in London in connection with a crackdown on people smuggling gangs in Britain.

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UK Border Agency officers carried out dawn raids on addresses in the capital following a joint investigation with agencies in France and Belgium.

Those detained are suspected of being part of an alleged criminal network believed to assist illegal immigrants in their attempts to reach the UK by smuggling them in the back of lorries.

A 19-year-old man was arrested at an address in Stockwell Lane, Stockwell, a 24-year-old man was arrested in The Sandlings, Wood Green, and two other men, aged 25 and 30, were arrested at addresses in Kingsley Road, Southall and Rye Lane, Peckham respectively.

In addition, a 23-year-old man arrested in Warrior Square, Manor Park, a 31-year-old man was picked up in Applegarth House, Peckham, and a 33-year-old man arrested at an address in Sandford Close, East Ham.

Two men, aged 20 and 33, were detained in Normanton Road, South Croydon and Sarita Close, in Harrow, respectively.

In addition, five other people were arrested for offences unrelated to the investigation at addresses in Manor Park, Palmers Green and Southall.

Anyone who has information about immigration crime should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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