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[Image: ITV News.]

[Image: ITV News.]

A joint survey we conducted with ITV News has revealed deep concerns over staff shortages at our borders, according to the PCS Union.

The Home Office had tried to prevent our members’ responses being made public by seeking a high court injunction, citing national security.

But in a special investigation aired on ITV News this evening the true picture of the “shambolic” Border Force, where morale is at rock bottom, was made clear.

In the survey 98% of respondents said there were not enough staff to check goods vehicles and freight for illegal substances and stowaways.

Almost two thirds said they had been removed from customs checks to work on passport controls, leaving a shortage of staff on customs. Of these, 80% said this happened daily or weekly.

Read the full story, with comments from members, on the PCS website.

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