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Prevention of Smuggling and Illegal Immigration



Following concerns raised by Members of the Crouch Harbour Authority. Please note the following advice given by the Marine Police Department.

• If you see or hear of any smuggling activity, please call the Customs Hotline on 0800 595 000

• If you are aware of any Illegal Immigrants entering the Harbour call the Border Force Immigration 0300 123 7000

• If you have any concerns generally regarding Police Matters. Contact Essex Police HQ:

Main Switchboard Tel. 01245 491491

Dial 999 in case of emergency ONLY (24 Hours)

Non-Emergency 24 Hours: Dial 101

Should you have concerns whilst you are underway and are suspicious of any small craft, unless there is immediate threat to life

Do not take occupants on board your own vessel

• Standby at a safe distance

• Contact the Coastguard VHF Ch 16

• Contact Police Phone No. 101 if within range


• Await instructions from Coastguard/Police

• Continue to standby

• If necessary take craft in tow but do not take occupants on board your own vessel unless there is serious risk to life

• If you leave the scene ensure Coastguard/Police are aware of position of vessel you are referring to