Heathrow smuggling checks dropped
Customs checks aimed at tackling smuggling into Britain are being relaxed to ease the growing border control queues at Heathrow.
Lucy Morton from the Immigration services union said her members had reported a reduction in drugs and firearms checks:
"Because of the pressure to reduce queues at Heathrow airport, they are having to reduce all other activity and that includes secondary activity of checking for drugs, firearms, and such like."
She insisted the border must be 100% secure and accused the Border Agency of reacting to "media hype".
"The border must be secure both from the individuals who would seek to exploit it as people, but also from those who would seek to exploit for drugs, for firearms, for other items. We need a 100% secured border, not patches moved around in response to media hype."
The Sunday Telegraph reports that David Cameron has ordered the Home Office to draw up emergency measures to speed up the process, including the reintroduction of relaxed security checks on European and British travellers.