High-tech sea drones packed with cameras and sensors powered by the sun and waves are being deployed to protect Britain’s coastline from people traffickers.Secret trials of the drones have taken place and the UK Border Force is monitoring the results, The Mail on Sunday has been told.

The 16ft-long craft can see vessels over a five-mile radius using optical lenses that can magnify an image by 30-fold, while their acoustic sensors pick up engine noises from the smugglers’ boats.

The drones, which are built from fibreglass and weigh 550lb, are expected to provide a much-needed boost to border officials, who have just three vessels to patrol more than 7,000 miles of coastline.

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