BORDER control officers in Barcelona stopped 126 Albanian migrants trying to illegally enter the UK with fake documents.

The migrants were travelling on forged Greek and Italian passports printed in Ireland and shipped to Milan by human trafficking gangs.

Spanish police swooped as the group were travelling through Barcelona – which was used as a transit airport – with the aim of moving on to the UK.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: “The Albanian nationals entered the Schengen area via Greece or Italy with their original documents.

Once there, and to reach their final destination, the gang gave them falsified documents from those countries, normally through parcel delivery firms in Ireland, although on other occasions they obtained them in the city of Milan.

“They used those fake documents to fly to Barcelona and then try to reach the UK or Ireland.”

In total coppers seized 172 fake Italian documents, including ID cards, passports and driving licences, as well as 27 false Greek documents.

Earlier this year over 20 Albanians were caught attempting to enter the UK via the Kent coast.

Many spend big money in order to secure their passage to the UK – some even splashing out £20k just to get to Blighty.

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