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Border Force intercepts migrant boat near Dover as group took advantage of ‘perfect’ sea conditions to add to record 336 migrants who arrived in August

  • The group came into St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, in Kent shortly before 7am
  • Officers from Kent Police called out to assist Border Force and the Coastguard
  • 1,200 made it into Britain this year, shattering the number that crossed last year

By Joe Middleton For Mailonline

Published: 08:19 EDT, 19 September 2019 | Updated: 11:08 EDT, 19 September 2019

Border Force has intercepted a boat carrying around nine migrants off the Kent coast this morning, to add to a record 336 migrants who arrived in August.

They came into St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, shortly before 7am, and are set to be quizzed by immigration officers.

Sea conditions are said to have been ‘perfect’ for the latest migrant crossing – with record numbers making it to Britain in recent weeks.

Officers from Kent Police were called out to assist Border Force and the Coastguard, and the asylum seekers are now being checked over by Home Office officials.

Hundreds more could come to the UK in the coming weeks after two migrant camps in France were cleared – including one near Dunkirk holding 1,100.

A reported eight migrants were found on a boat in St Margaret’s Bay, in Dover, early this morning

The migrants are understood to have been picked up by Border Force officials at St Margaret’s Bay

The asylum seekers are now being checked over by Home Office officials in Dover, Kent

A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘Kent Police was called by HM Coastguard to St Margaret’s Bay at 6.53am on September 19 to reports of a vessel with suspected migrants on board.

Charities blast ‘unsettling’ beach patrols by far-right activists

Far-right activists from political group Britain First – including convicted criminal Paul Golding – have sparked outrage after patrolling at a beach near Dover to catch migrants crossing the Channel.

The group said it sent people on the lookout for desperate migrants who risk their lives to get to Britain from France.

Far-right activists, including convicted criminal Paul Golding (pictured in the suit) have been patrolling a beach in Dover

They shared pictures of their ‘patriot migrant patrol’ at the beach in Dover, in Kent, on its website, saying: ‘Equipped with torches, binoculars and hi-vis jackets, our activists patrolled the beach keeping a close eye out for migrant crossings.’

Charities have criticised the patrols, with Care4Calais saying it was ‘shocked and concerned’ by the search parties, and that they were ‘unsettling.’

‘Officers attended and those from the vessel are now in the care of Home Office officials.’ 

Last week 400 migrants were cleared from a camp in Calais, just 200 metres from the notorious ‘Jungle Camp’ which had 6,000-odd people living there until it was shut down in 2016.

Charity workers said the clearance could see migrants fall into the clutches of people smugglers, who charge them thousands to cross the Channel.

More than 1,200 have made it into Britain from France this year, shattering the number that crossed last year.

They make life-risking trips across the Dover Strait – one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes – often crammed into small boats.

On Sunday, 41 made it over the Channel, including two men on a kayak and another 24 – including minors – on one boat.

Last month, a record 336 migrants got into Britain, and two people died trying to get over.

The body of a 48-year-old Iraqi man was found on Belgian waters wearing diving fins and plastic bottles attached to him as a makeshift life jacket.

While a woman was discovered on Dutch waters after falling overboard.

The majority of the migrants present themselves as either Iranian or Iraqi nationals, and once they are brought on to land they are screened by Border Force officers.

The crisis took hold in November and has raged on since, despite millions of pounds being spent on security measures including drones.

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