Thursday, 3 November 2016


Police swarm on coaches in central London in huge anti-immigration raid 

Graham Mitchell / Splash NewsVictoria Station searches as anti-immigration police check passengers

Officers have surrounded coaches in Victoria Station and passengers’ details are being taken.

Witnesses said all arriving coaches are being searched.

The searches are causing a backlog with people taking to Twitter to ask why coaches are being delayed.

One woman questioned why immigration police would be at the station which welcomes coaches in from European destinations including France and the Netherlands.

She Tweeted: “@nationalexpress why are there customs checks and police at Victoria coach station? Can't find an answer on google.”

National Express replied to say they “periodically” ensured customer safety with increased checks.

Graham Mitchell / Splash NewsCoaches are being searched by specialist police according to witnesses at Victoria Station

But passengers seemed confused and unnerved by the scale of the unexpected checks.

Police and the Home Office have not revealed what the operation is for and how lonf it has been going on but customers began tweeting about it 16 hours ago.

Some called it "embarassing" and "shocking" they were not told what was happening.

Graham Mitchell / Splash NewsPassengers are reporting delays of two hours just to leave the station in Victoria, London

Another Twitter user said there was a huge police operation.

She said: “What's the deal with Victoria Coach Station this morning? Massive passport & luggage control with tons of police.”

Some passengers were reporting a “two hour” disembark delay as the searches got underway.

Graham Mitchell / Splash NewsCoaches coming in are being made to go through customs-type checks

The station was evacuated in August forcing hundreds of people out into the surrounding streets.

A spokesperson for TFL said a package was found in the area about 11:00am, forcing authorities to erect a cordon.

The chaos caused major disruption as the Met Police investigated.

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