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Cocaine yacht intercepted by Border Force off Cornish coast

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Image caption The catamaran was intercepted off Cornwall and escorted to Newlyn Harbour

A "significant" amount of cocaine has been seized by Border Force officers at a Cornish harbour.

Five men were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking offences by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Border Force officers at Newlyn Harbour in Cornwall at about 07:00 BST.

Onlookers said there was "lots of activity" when a large Border Force boat pulled alongside a catamaran.

The NCA said the men were now being questioned by its officers.

In a statement the NCA said: "As part of an National Crime Agency led operation, the Border Force cutter HMC Vigilant intercepted a catamaran off the south west coast of Cornwall and escorted the vessel into Newlyn harbour this morning.

"The investigation is ongoing and a significant quantity of cocaine has been removed from the boat."

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Officers from the NCA and Border Force, supported by Devon and Cornwall Police, remain at the scene as searches continue.

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Image caption Onlookers said there was "lots of activity" on the quay

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