Farmer, Chris Gadsden.
A British farmer is taking the immigrant invasion into his own hands by rounding up 'hundreds' of suspected stowaways who he claims are hiding in his fields. Chris Gadsden, who lives 125 miles away from Dover, says he has collared up to 50 migrants in the past month alone as part of his one-man patrol on his land in rural Bedfordshire.
The 60-year-old claims the suspected illegal immigrants traipse through his land after being dropped off at the nearby M1 services, which are 400 yards away. Mr Gadsden - who found one man hiding in a drain pipe - then rounds up the alleged criminals before handing them over to police and even sometimes driving them to the station himself.
The father of four said the sheer number of suspected illegal immigrants on his land - which he said included 30 Somalis just last week - demonstrates how quickly the problem is spreading into the British countryside.
He said: 'It feels like the authorities have lost control of the situation in Calais - and now they're in danger of the same thing happening hundreds of miles away in Bedfordshire.'
Mr Gadsden said he has sympathy for the immigrants and regularly gives them a drink and something to eat while they wait to be questioned by officers. But he said he has sometimes had to tie the detainees up with rope for his own protection.
He was also forced to brandish his shotgun when he was confronted by 30 suspected illegal immigrants at his own home.
Mr Gadsden said : 'I've been finding them for years. But it's gone mad recently. There's supposed to be a system in place to stop them sneaking in but it obviously isn't working, so I have to do it myself.
He said they flee from lorries when they are dropped at the Toddington Services on the northbound M1 before walking through his land in a bid to illegally enter the UK.
The service station is one of the first stops for lorry drivers coming from the Port of Dover.
Most of the time, Mr Gadsden said he takes the suspected illegal immigrants back to his house. But he said that, on one occasion, a large group turned up at his property, looking for one of the people he had arrested.
When they pushed past him, he claims that he was forced to get his gun out.
He said: 'It's frightening not knowing who's out there and what their intentions are. But they're usually more frightened of me and I know how to look after myself.'
But he added: 'Most of them just sit in the garden and wait for officers to arrive. We give them a drink and something to eat.'
This week, Mr Gadsden said he captured more than 30 Somalis, after his wife Lianne spotted them walking on the land. He also tackled six Vietnamese men who were seen strolling across his fields, he claims.
Bedfordshire Police admit the number of detainees stopped in the area has trebled since last year.
Last year, they stopped an average of 23 suspected illegal immigrants per month. But the force force held 67 suspected illegal immigrants last month – and this month's total is already at nearly 40.
Police chief David Boyle said: 'Public awareness [of the immigrant crisis] is growing, which has led to an increase in reporting from lorry drivers and residents who are being vigilant.'
There are estimated to be as many as 3,500 immigrants in detention at any one time in the UK.
A Home Office spokesman said: 'We continue to strengthen border security to stop illegal migrants entering the UK in the first place.'
African immigrants squatting on Mr Gadsdens` field.
African immigrants trudging through Mr Gadsdens` field.
A map of the area from Mr Gadsdens farm and Toddingham Services.
In the last few weeks the French port of Calais has seen unprecedented amounts of African immigrants descend upon Calais causing mayhem for truck drivers and the French authorities, some of these British truck drivers have had to endure countless attacks from the marauding hordes trying to force their way onto trucks by any means possible including the threat of knife attacks so that they can come to the so-called `land of milk and money`. The National Front has called a National protest and rally at the Port of Dover for a show of support to the British truck drivers and to force the spineless government to close the borders once and for all. All White Patriotic groups are invited to march with the National Front on 12th September 2015 at 1pm.