Two men from Lewisham and Greenwich have been jailed for attempting to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine in crates of bananas and pineapples with their gang of eight.

Norman Burton, of Catford, and Donald Chambers, from Charlton, met Portsmouth dock worker Shaun Wilson, 46, and their accomplices in pubs and service stations in an attempt to diverse the scheme.

Shipments coincided with Wilson's shifts at the dock, but officers of the National Crime Agency were watching and subsequently seized a 26kg batch of cocaine hidden in a pineapple crate in a shipping container.

Both 57-year-old Burton and Wilson were jailed for 14 years with Chambers being sentenced to 13 years.

Gerry McGowan of the NCA said: "Wilson abused his position of trust by providing the crime groups with details of suitable ships, routes and times."

Other men included Ray Godber and David Roberts from Essex, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, Richard Edwards from Barking, 20 years, Jason Flisher, from Folkstone, jailed for 16 years, Errol Heibner from Bow, 14 years, and Eric Ward from Portsmouth, sentenced to 10 years.