Iranian man, 33, and 24-year-old Brit are arrested on suspicion of smuggling migrants to UK

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Two people have been arrested in Manchester on suspicion of smuggling migrants across the English Channel into the UK.

A 33-year-old Iranian National and a 23-year-old British man are being held by Britain's FBI.

Statement - National - Crime - Agency - NCA

A statement from the National Crime Agency (NCA) said: 'NCA officers have tonight arrested a 33-year-old Iranian national and a 24-year-old British man in Manchester, on suspicion of arranging the illegal movement of migrants across the English Channel into the UK.

'As the investigation is ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time.'

Migrants - France - Britain - Christmas - UK

At least 139 migrants were caught crossing from France to Britain over Christmas, and 239 have reached the UK since November.

The arrests come as it was revealed Home Secretary Sajid Javid redeployed two Border Force cutters from overseas to patrol the English Channel and has now called in the military as he tries to get a grip of the crisis.

Deployment - U-turn - Home - Secretary - Offer

The deployment is yet another U-turn for the Home Secretary, who refused an offer of military assistance from Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at the weekend but last night changed his mind and wrote to him requesting support.

Mr Javid, touted by some as a possible future Tory leadership candidate, has faced days of criticism over what has been seen as a botched response to the crisis.

Home - Secretary - Crisis - Incident - Friday

The Home Secretary was ridiculed after he classified the crisis as a 'major incident' on Friday while remaining on a family safari holiday 6,000 miles away in South Africa.

When he returned to Whitehall on Monday, he ordered the return of two Border Force cutters from the Mediterranean but resisted the offer of military assistance from Mr Williamson, who is seen as a potential leadership rival.

HMS - Mersey - Patrol - Vessel - Portsmouth

HMS Mersey, a naval patrol vessel, will set off from Portsmouth this morning to be stationed off the Kent coast.

It will provide cover while the Border Force...
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