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Smugglers 'were a nasty bunch'

A new book on the history of British smuggling undermines the cosy image of the maverick stashing brandy in a secret cave or fetching the odd bit of tobacco for the vicar.

'Smuggling in the British Isles - A History' claims that far from acting alone smugglers were organised on an industrial scale, violent to the point of murder and rarely used caves.

Reporter Stephen Chittenden has been to the birthplace of bootlegging in Kent, to follow in the footsteps of smugglers past with author Richard Platt.

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