A MAN has been charged for trying to smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK.

Charles Edward Lynch's motor cruiser was stopped in water off the south coast following the discovery of eight Albanian migrants on board.

Lynch, of no fixed abode, was charged by the National Crime Agency late last night and is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates this morning.

His boat was intercepted by the Border Force

off the coast of West Sussex on Wednesday afternoon and taken into Portsmouth, where the seven adults and one minor on board were handed to immigration authorities.

The 64-year-old has been charged a with facilitating illegal entry to the UK,