Desperate No10 political bosses have explored the use of SONIC WEAPONS on small dinghies crossing the English Channel
Political leaders DESPERATE No10 have explored the use of sonic weapons to turn small boats around the English Channel, The Sun can reveal.
The Ministry of Defense purchased long-range acoustic devices that emit a beam of pain tones for security at the 2012 London Olympics.
Now Downing Street officials have considered deploying them off Dover – but have been met with fierce resistance from the Home Office.
It comes as the government struggles to bring the record number of migrant crossings across the English Channel under control – with the military taking control of the problem.
Sources say the devices are already fitted to two Border Force vessels but are currently only used as megaphones – but Political Unit No 10 has considered taking this a step further.
Some versions of LRAD are capable of producing deafening sound levels of 150 decibels and are used in the United States for riot control and in Greece against migrant crossings in the Mediterranean.
The piercing sound beam emitted is highly directional and could therefore be aimed at a small boat captain.
However, the Home Office this evening rejected the idea of using them to attempt to turn back smugglers’ vessels, but said it would ‘continue to test a range of safe and legal options to prevent small boats from making this dangerous and unnecessary journey”.
A Home Office source called the suggestion “f***ing bonkers”.
The row comes as MoD officials have been brought in to bring small boat crossings under control after years of dithering.
A defense source said: “The Prime Minister has asked the Armed Forces to take command of Canal security and ensure that we bring about a step change in controlling illicit movement.
Rear Admiral Mike Utley was appointed to coordinate and command all government assets in the Channel.
But Border Force boats will continue to provide day-to-day policing at the crossings and no military will engage in “maritime tactics”.
A Ministry of Defense spokesperson said: “An unacceptable number of people continue to cross the English Channel dangerously and the tragic deaths of last November are the starkest reminder of the need to stop them.
“The government is exploring all avenues to prevent further crossings and details of how this can be achieved will be known in due course.”