Police have bought up small boats in a bid to curtail Channel migrant crossings, The Telegraph understands.
Officers have used the tactic as part of a series of operations to disrupt the supply of boats, the biggest expense for the people-smuggling gangs behind the record number of migrants crossing the Channel this year.
It is understood officers have bought the boats not only to deny the gangs access to them but also to push up prices and reduce supply in an attempt to break the traffickers’ commercial model.
That only works for a bit. Higher prices increases supply of course…..