Refugee crisis

Police hunt smugglers on Czech border

Police hunt smugglers on Czech border
Police on the A8 motorway in Bavaria escort a Syrian family off the road. Photo: DPA
Federal police in Saxony have set up border checks on the main road between the eastern state and the Czech Republic as refugees seek to avoid travelling through Hungary on the way to Germany.

“The situation in Serbia and Hungary could lead to more people smugglers appearing” on the Czech border, a federal police spokesman said on Thursday in Pirna, southeast of Dresden.

Police started checking traffic on the Autobahn 17 motorway on Wednesday and were unable to say on Thursday how long they would continue.

But officers are prepared to settle in for a long deployment on the road.

The majority of refugees arriving in Germany continue to first enter the Federal Republic through Bavaria.

Saxony has already set up border controls on the Czech frontier at Oberwiesenthal and Marienberg.

There are currently no plans for police to be deployed on the Autobahn 4 leading over the border to Poland, federal police said.