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Priti Patel slammed for refusing to deny Home Office made plans for wave machine to deter migrants

Patel was asked about alleged plans to build wave machines. (Getty)
Patel was asked about alleged plans to build wave machines. (Getty)

Priti Patel has been criticised for refusing to deny that that Home Office made plans to install a wave machine in the English Channel to deter migrants.

The home secretary said in an interview with The Sunday Times that it would be “remiss of us not to look at all the options” in reference to reports the government was planning to build new detention centres to house migrants.

When asked about reports earlier this week that she had asked Home Office officials to look into the possibility of a wave machine Patel told the newspaper: “That’s operational tactics and, quite frankly, I’m not going to start discussing operational tactics.”

Several figures criticised the home secretary over the interview on Sunday morning, with former transport secretary Andrew Adonis questioning the legality of the alleged plans.

Home secretary Priti Patel in Dover. (PA)
Home secretary Priti Patel in
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