Head of UK border force Brodie Clark suspended


5 November 2011 Last updated at 10:19

Brodie Clark
Brodie Clark is alleged to have authorised officials to abandon biometric checks on some occasions

The head of the UK border force has been suspended by the Home Office following claims some passport checks were not carried out during the summer.

Brodie Clark also sits on the board of the UK Border Agency, of which the border force is part. Two other UKBA officials have also been suspended.

It is alleged staff were told to relax identity checks on non-EU nationals.

The Home Office is investigating. In July it said EU national checks could be reduced in “limited circumstances”.

Senior UKBA official Graham Kyle, who is director of operations at Heathrow Airport, is one of the two others suspended.

Staff working for the UK border force are responsible for checking passports and conducting immigration raids.

In a statement, the Home Office said ministers had agreed in July that EU nationals could have their biometric passport checked “upon the discretion of a UKBA official” instead of automatically.

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