Met ports team set to double in size

    The Metropolitan Police team that deals with child protection
    concerns and child trafficking at London ports will double in size
    by the end of next month.

    The ports safeguarding team, which covers Heathrow Airport,
    Waterloo Station and Lunar House immigration centre in Croydon,
    will expand from three officers to six.

    The six will also be part of a new joint working team at
    Heathrow that will include two immigration officers. There are
    plans to appoint two social workers to this group later.

    Immigration officers at Heathrow already work closely with the
    ports safeguarding team but detective inspector Gordon Valentine,
    who leads the team, said they had different managers. He will be in
    charge of the two immigration officers in the joint working

    Patricia Durr, parliamentary adviser for The Children’s Society,
    welcomed the measures and said the charity had been calling for
    some time for more resources to safeguard children at ports of
    entry into the UK.


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