Former Royal Marines Commando brought in to tackle illegal immigration in UK

Dan O’Mahoney was hired by the UK government after record breaking numbers of migrants tried to cross the English Channel into the UK this year.

On Thursday, 235 people landed on British shores in 17 different vessels, a record number in one day.

It beat the previous month’s record of 202 migrants who were caught coming ashore.

More than 4,200 have arrived this year so far, with only 155 returned between January and April.

Dan O’Mahoney, a former Royal Marines Commando and a veteran of Iraq and Kosovo, was named as the Clandestine Channel Threat Commander.

This role will enable him to work alongside the Home Secretary and the French with his primary responsibility of making the Channel route unviable for small boat crossings.

“This role is vitally important in the fight to end the heinous crime of people smuggling across the Channel,” he said.

“I look forward to working closely with the Home Secretary and Minister for Immigration Compliance as well as with law enforcement bodies in the UK and France to bring to bear every capability available to tackle this critically important issue.”

Since leaving the Royal Marines Mr O’Mahoney has worked as the Director of the UK’s Joint Maritime Security Centre (JMSC).

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling.

“We are working to make this route unviable and arresting the criminals facilitating these crossings and making sure they are brought to justice.”


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