Three charged in connection with immigration offences

Three men have been charged with immigration offences today (25/5) following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). 

  • Jean-Pierre Labelle, 44-years-old, of Ashey Road, Isle of Wight was charged with two counts of assisting unlawful immigration to a member state contrary to section 25 of the Immigration Act 1971; 
  • Stephen Redhead, 47-years-old, of High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight was charged with one count of assisting unlawful immigration to a member state contrary to section 25 of the Immigration Act 1971; 
  • Christopher Barber, 54-years-old, of Landguard Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight was charged with one count of assisting unlawful immigration to a member state contrary to section 25 of the Immigration Act 1971. 

The offences relate to two incidents: 

Between 17 and 19 March 2020, it is alleged illegal migrants were brought into the UK via a yacht. 

Between 26 and 27 June 2020 it is alleged illegal migrants were being brought to the UK via a small boat across the English Channel but were intercepted by French authorities after a joint operation with SEROCU, the National Crime Agency and French authorities. 

All three appeared at Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today (25/5) and were released on bailed to appear at Newport Crown Court on 12 July 2021.