A farmer in South East England has taken the issue of border control in to his own hands.
Chris Gadsden, 60, lives 125 miles from Dover and says he has caught hundreds of migrants on his land, including 30 Somalis last week.
Reported in the national press this weekend, Mr Gadsden said: “There have been hundreds of them, and they are just the ones I have seen. There is supposed to be a system in place to stop them sneaking in but it obviously is not working, so I have to do what I can.
Mr Gadsden, who said the issue has been going on for years, explained how the issue is not with the race of the trespassers, it is simply the fact they are ‘sneaking in and breaking our laws’.
He said: “If anyone, no matter where they are from, was trespassing on my property I would react the same.”
Mr Gadsden, a father of four, said he found one man hiding in a drain pipe and said the sheer number of immigrants on his land demonstrates how quickly the problem is spreading into the British countryside.
The farmer, who has CCTV and dogs on his farm said he has sympathy for the immigrants and regularly gives them a drink and something to eat while they wait to be questioned by officers.
He told The Sun newspaper: ’It’s frightening not knowing who’s out there and what their intentions are. But they’re usually more frightened of me and I know how to look after myself.
’Most of them just sit in the garden and wait for officers to arrive. We give them a drink and something to eat.’