Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert
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Illegal entry arrests: Jeff Cuthbert says increase no surprise

Police have arrested 840 people suspected of illegally entering Wales over the past three years, new figures show.

South Wales Police made the most arrests with 572 - the 14th highest in the UK.

Gwent Police saw the biggest rise in Wales with 184 arrests from 2013 to 2015, an increase of 73%.

The Home Office said it wanted "long-term solutions" to illegal migration and its strategies were working.

Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said he was not surprised by the increase given the number of people fleeing "terror and persecution" around the world.

  • 30 Aug 2016