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‘Dangerously incompetent’ human trafficking gang who smuggled Albanians across the Channel in high-powered dinghies then helped them ‘disappear’ in UK face jail

  • Human traffickers who smuggled Albanian migrants across the Channel face jail
  • Leonard and Alfie Powell and Wayne Bath used inflatable boats as a ferry service
  • They also planned to start bringing individuals over on …

A gang of human traffickers who made a fortune smuggling Albanian migrants across the Channel into Britain in a fleet of high-speed powerboats are facing jail. Pictured: Eighteen migrants aboard the traffickers' boat the White Scanner which began to sink off the UK coast

Albanians were picked up on a French beach and raced across the channel to the Kent coast where they were left to melt into the countryside. Pictured: Migrants on a beach near Calais

The gang used Gillingham Marina to launch their operations at first, travelling down to Escalles - a village 12km west of Calais - where they would meet crowds of would-be migrants who had gathered for the clandestine trip. Pictured: A jetski which was purchased by the gang

Pictured: Map showing where the smugglers would launch from to pick up migrants in France

Pictured: Leonard Powell (right) meeting with Albanian gang members Sabah Dulaj and Artur Nutaj (centre) in a car park

Pictured: George Powell (left) meeting with Albanian Artur Nutaj

The Powells used a pub car park near their home in Farningham, Kent, to meet with their team of boat skippers and Albanian 'travel agents' before each migrant run

Once 'Rebel' had come to the attention of the authorities the smugglers bought a new vessel - a grey RHIB named 'Antares.'

A fourth vessel, 'The Boat With No Name' (pictured), was bugged in an operation involving Kent police and the French authorities

Pictured: The rigid-hulled inflatable boat Antares being driven to Dymchurch

Many of the migrants had been sent information as to the location of the Escalles pick-up point. Pictured: Migrants on beach near Calais

Pictured: A burnt out Mitsubishi Shogun that was abandoned and set on fire after it had been used to tow the boat Antares, which was later rescued from the English Channel with 18 migrants on board

Prosecutor Timothy Probert-Wood QC said the Powell organised the service while Bath and Letchford helped them by towing, storing and crewing their vessels and driving the newly-arrived migrants to their destinations once they arrived. Pictured: The Boat with No Name

Pictured: The rigid-hulled inflatable boat Rebel which was found abandoned on the beach at Dymchurch with children's life jackets on board