Migrants land in Kent as Border Force scrambles to ‘incidents’

Thumbs up if you’ve reached the UK! More migrants land in Kent as Border Force scrambles to ‘multiple incidents’ amid ‘perfect weather’ for Channel crossings – after a record-breaking 202 made the journey yesterday – taking total this year to 3,421

  • One young man was seen giving a double thumbs up in Dungeness, Kent, today as a group of migrants landed
  • A ‘really tiny toddler’ was also seen running around wearing a Mickey Mouse top as the group sat on the grass
  • It comes just a day after a record-breaking 202 migrants made the dangerous Channel crossing on Thursday
  • Total of 3,421 have now reached UK on small boats this year – compared to just 1,850 in the whole of 2019

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Border Force was again scrambled to Kent this morning after a group of migrants landed on the coast – just hours after a record-breaking 202 crossed the Channel yesterday.

Officers wearing face coverings were seen talking to the group of around ten people in Dungeness earlier today.

Fifty illegal migrants made it to the UK today, while a further 58 were picked up by French authorities and taken back to France. 

This year, migrants travelling to the UK on small boats and other craft has already soared to 3,421 – almost double the number of arrivals for the whole of 2019. 

And there are concerns even more could be arriving illegally after a source told MailOnline that it was ‘perfect weather’ to make the crossing today, the hottest day of the year so far.

The Home Office has not yet confirmed how many migrants landed in the UK today, but French authorities said they had intercepted 41 people in two boats this morning and returned them to Calais.

One young man who landed in Kent today is seen giving a thumbs up for the camera, in apparent glee after having navigated the world’s busiest shipping lane to make it to British shores.

Meanwhile, a toddler was seen running around wearing a Mickey Mouse top and hat and was joined by a boy of around 12 years old.

Two women – one pictured with her head in her hands – were at the scene while another was reportedly holding a Chanel bag. The migrants have all been detained by Border Force officials.

Of those spotted in Dungeness, Kent, this morning, a young man gave a thumbs up for the camera, in apparent glee having navigated the world's busiest shipping lane from Calais to make it to Britain

Of those spotted in Dungeness, Kent, this morning, a young man gave a thumbs up for the camera, in apparent glee having navigated the world’s busiest shipping lane from Calais to make it to Britain 

Uk Border Force and HM Coastguard escort migrants who landed on British shores at Dover, Kent, today

Uk Border Force and HM Coastguard escort migrants who landed on British shores at Dover, Kent, today

Uk Border Force and HM Coastguard escort migrants who landed on British shores at Dover, Kent, today

Uk Border Force and HM Coastguard escort migrants who landed on British shores at Dover, Kent, today

Meanwhile, a toddler was seen running around wearing a Mickey Mouse top and hat and was joined by a boy of around 12 years old

Meanwhile, a toddler was seen running around wearing a Mickey Mouse top and hat and was joined by a boy of around 12 years old

Border Force officers wearing masks were seen speaking to the group on the coast of Dungeness, Kent, earlier this morning

 Border Force officers wearing masks were seen speaking to the group on the coast of Dungeness, Kent, earlier this morning

A group of migrants wearing face masks, including a young child, made it to shore at Dungeness, Kent, this morning looking tired

A group of migrants wearing face masks, including a young child, made it to shore at Dungeness, Kent, this morning looking tired

It comes just a day after a record-breaking 202 migrants made the treacherous crossing on Thursday. 

Border Force dealt with 20 separate incidents as dinghies, kayaks, zodiaks and even a children’s dinghy were used to make the treacherous crossings of the 21 mile wide Straits of Dover. 

All of the adults will be now processed by immigration officers who will interview them and discover if they are claiming asylum. If they do, checks will be made as to their history.

MailOnline revealed in April none of them will be tested for coronavirus by officials.

Home Office rules state doctors and nurses will examine them for any symptoms of Covid-19 instead of taking official swabs.

Anyone showing symptoms will be isolated, including those in detention centres, where special isolation areas have been set up, the Home Office has confirmed.

A spokesperson said at the time the policy was in line with guidance from Public Health England.

They said: ‘All individuals were brought to Dover and, in line with established processes, will be assessed to establish whether there are any medical requirements.

An image shows a coach-load of men - all in coronavirus masks - boarding a bus at the terminal in Dover today

An image shows a coach-load of men – all in coronavirus masks – boarding a bus at the terminal in Dover today

Pictured: A group of illegal migrants board a coach at the terminal in Dover. The 202 people who made it to the Kent coast were from Yemen, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Eritrea, Syria, Palestine, Kuwait, Chad, Egypt, India and Mali. They made the trip in 20 small boats over 12 hours, and were taken for processing in Dover

Pictured: A group of illegal migrants board a coach at the terminal in Dover. The 202 people who made it to the Kent coast were from Yemen, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Eritrea, Syria, Palestine, Kuwait, Chad, Egypt, India and Mali. They made the trip in 20 small boats over 12 hours, and were taken for processing in Dover

Man jailed over migrant smuggling as six more children rescued from the English Channel  

A London man has been jailed and banned from France after trying to help smuggle migrants across the Channel in a small boat.

Wayne Mills, 54, is the third person to be jailed after five Albanians were found on a boat that was about to leave the French port of Cherbourg.

The news comes as more migrants are believed to have tried to cross to the UK on Friday.

The coastguard said it is responding to ‘multiple incidents’ off the coast of Kent.

Border Force vessels Seeker and Speedwell have also been active since the early hours of Friday morning.

In French waters authorities rescued more than 40 migrants including six children and two people with disabilities.

At least 202 migrants managed to cross to Britain on Thursday in a surge of 20 boats – a single-day record.

More than 1,000 migrants have successfully made the crossing in July alone, analysis by the PA news agency reveals.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) announced today that London man Mills has been sentenced to four years in prison and given a 10-year ban from entering France.

Two other people, one of whom is British, were previously convicted and jailed in France after being arrested as they prepared to leave the French port of Cherbourg on June 27 in a small vessel with five Albanian migrants on board.

The boat had sailed to France from the Isle of Wight two days earlier.

Boat skipper Joshua Van Praagh, 25, from Portsmouth was jailed for three years and banned from returning to France for 10 years.

Albanian national Armando Hodo, 25, was jailed for three years and also banned from France.

 

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‘All will be transferred to immigration officials. They will be interviewed and their cases will be dealt with in line with the immigration rules, transferring to detention where appropriate.

‘In line with Public Health England guidance, Border Force and all operational staff have the relevant personal protective equipment available to them.’

Earlier this month on July 12 a daily record of 180 migrants successfully travelled through the English Channel to the UK.

A total of 3,421 migrants have now made it to the UK on small boats and other craft already this year – compared to 1,850 in 2019.   

A source told MailOnline that it as ‘perfect weather’ to make the crossing on what is expected to be the hottest day of July today. 

One local resident who lives on the sea front said: ‘They looked very well dressed. I thought the woman with the designer handbag was local at first until officers held blankets around her so she could go to the toilet.’

Around seven men were also seen lying on the pebbles with one young man lying under an umbrella with his eyes closed to shelter from the heat.

One man was wearing a Stone Island T-shirt while another donned a Nike cap.

Police and Border Force officials were seen putting possessions into evidence bags but there was no sign of a boat, according to an eyewitness.

They added: ‘Some of them were looking really happy to have made the crossing. One young man wearing a face mask was making a heart hand gesture and put his thumbs up before forming a gun sign with his fingers to celebrate.’ 

In a separate incident a boat of 30 migrants containing six children and two adults with physical disabilities called for help near Hardelot just before 5am today.

They were picked up by deep sea tugboat RIAS Abeille Languedoc and returned to the border police at the port of Calais at 9.30am.

French authorities also rescued a further 11 migrants spotted in difficulty on a boat off Wissant and returned them to Boulogne-sur-Mer shortly before 9am. 

So far in July, 979 have made the perilous 21-mile trip across the busy Dover Strait shipping lane – a record for a single month.  

The previous record was broken on July 13 when 180 made it to the UK coast.

Hundreds of migrants have been arriving in the UK in small boats every month, even with Britain being under coronavirus lockdown. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel was in Calais on the same day 200 migrants tried to travel into Britain, to discuss a clampdown on illegal crossings with her French counterpart.

She said: ‘Despite all of the action taken by law enforcement to date – intercepting the boats, making arrests, returning people to France and putting the criminals responsible behind bars – the numbers continue to increase.

‘This simply cannot be allowed to go on.’

In May, the Mail revealed how French navy vessels are escorting some migrant-filled boats to British waters before handing them over to UK Border Force vessels without even intercepting them.

Some migrants are believed to threaten to throw themselves into the water, causing the French boats to stand off.

‘This simply cannot be allowed to go on.’

In May, the Mail revealed how French navy vessels are escorting some migrant-filled boats to British waters before handing them over to UK Border Force vessels without even intercepting them.

Some migrants are believed to threaten to throw themselves into the water, causing the French boats to stand off. 

There are concerns even more could be arriving illegally after a source told MailOnline that it was 'perfect weather' to make the crossing today, one of the hottest days of the year so far

There are concerns even more could be arriving illegally after a source told MailOnline that it was ‘perfect weather’ to make the crossing today, one of the hottest days of the year so far

The number of people to have made it to the UK on small boats and other craft this year is already almost double that seen in 2019

The number of people to have made it to the UK on small boats and other craft this year is already almost double that seen in 2019

The group, who wore face coverings, were spotted sat on the grass by the side of a road in Dungeness, Kent, this morning

The group, who wore face coverings, were spotted sat on the grass by the side of a road in Dungeness, Kent, this morning

Police and Border Force officials were seen putting possessions into evidence bags but there was no sign of a boat, according to an eyewitness

Police and Border Force officials were seen putting possessions into evidence bags but there was no sign of a boat, according to an eyewitness

Just before 8.30am today, 17 migrants called French authorities ‘in distress’ off Wissant.

Their boat – which included one woman and two children – was towed to Strouanne beach and transferred to the national gendarmerie and border police shortly before 11am.

Another boat was picked up by Border Force about a mile off the beach at Deal, Kent at around 2pm.

A source said crossings had been going on ‘all day’ until around 3pm and it had been ‘very busy’ in the Channel.

Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts Chris Philp said: ‘The number of illegal small boat crossings we are seeing from France is unacceptably high. And migrants continue to arrive in Calais to make the crossing.

‘The French have to take tougher action. We need stronger enforcement measures, including interceptions at sea and direct return of boats.

‘The French have heard that directly from the Home Secretary and we will continue to work with them until the situation changes.

‘We will also continue to go after the criminals who facilitate these crossings and return the migrants who come to the UK in this way.’

A toddler wearing a bright yellow top was part of the group who made it to shore at Dungeness, Kent, this mornin

A toddler wearing a bright yellow top was part of the group who made it to shore at Dungeness, Kent, this mornin

It comes just hours after more than 200 illegal immigrants crossed the Channel to arrive on the British coast yesterday – a record for a single day

It comes just hours after more than 200 illegal immigrants crossed the Channel to arrive on the British coast yesterday – a record for a single day

A boat of 30 migrants containing six children and two adults with physical disabilities called for help near Hardelot just before 5am today

The group of 30 migrants were picked up by deep sea tugboat RIAS Abeille Languedoc and returned to the border police at the port of Calais at 9.30am

Pictures from earlier in July show boats in a secure compound in Dover which have been seized after being intercepted in the Channel while carrying migrants from the French coast

Pictures from earlier in July show boats in a secure compound in Dover which have been seized after being intercepted in the Channel while carrying migrants from the French coast

UK Border Force and HM Coastguard arrive at the UK border in Dover today to escort a group of migrants

UK Border Force and HM Coastguard arrive at the UK border in Dover today to escort a group of migrants

Thursday’s record-breaking day of Channel crossings 

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 12 males and four females who said they were Yemeni, Iranian, Sudanese and Iraqi nationals.

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 14 males who said they were Eritrean and Sudanese nationals.

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 17 males and one female who said they were Yemini, Syrian, Palestinian and Iranian nationals.

– At around 4.01am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 11 males and two females who said they were Kuwaiti, Egyptian, Iraqi and Iranian nationals.

– At around 4.50am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of five males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At around 5.20am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of eight males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At around 6.40am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 11 males and six females who said they were Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Iranian nationals.

– At around 8.30am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 12 males who said they were Iraqi and Kuwaiti nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of nine males who said they were Sudanese and Chad nationals.

– At around 8.40am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 14 males and two women who said they were Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Iranian and Indian nationals.

– At around 8.45am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males and one female who said they were Eritrean, Sudanese, Chad and Egyptian nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four males who said they were Sudanese and Mali nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of three males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of eight males.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of seven males and seven females who said they were Iraqi nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four Iranian males.

– At around 3.24pm, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four Sudanese males.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of six males who said they were Sudanese and Eritrean.

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