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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West

STRONGER security for the port at Cairnryan has been demanded by Galloway and West Dumfries MP Richard Arkless.

In Westminster, he questioned James Brockenshire, Minister of State for Immigration, about the security provision at the port.
And he asked if the Secretary of State would re-examine the coalition Government’s decision to remove the Border Force staff from Cairnryan.
Responding, Mr Brockenshire said that ‘£63 million of additional resource was being made available precisely to focus on smuggling’, adding that he would be happy to discuss the matter with him in greater detail.
Mr Arkless has since written to Mr Brockenshire to request a meeting with him as soon as possible.
The MP said: “We face increased threats from contraband and puppy smuggling from the rest of the European Union at our ports, so it seems only right that the Government now re-examine their decision to remove Border Force staff from Cairnryan.
“Tighter controls at our ferry ports will undoubtably deter puppy traffickers and I am very keen to do all that I can to obstruct this barbaric trade.”
Mr Arkless has been working closely with Dogs Trust to help raise awareness about puppy trafficking.

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