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74 migrants are detained after border patrol stop eight boats crossing the English Channel



Seventy-four individuals including a few kids have been kept by the Border Force after eight vessels attempted to cross the Channel.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid portrayed the occurrence as ‘worried’ after the vessels were blocked by authorities off the UK coast on Saturday.

Just one of the eight vessels made it to shore, arriving at Winchelsea Caravan Park shoreline, East Sussex.

Two different vessels were halted in France by the specialists there.

It was recently detailed 13 had been blocked on Saturday however HM Coastguard said that was a mistake.

MPs the previous evening cautioned that the UK is confronting a ‘late spring of bedlam’s over transient pontoons, cautioning that vessels crossing the Channel could achieve record levels.

migrants are detained by border patrol

All those detained have been assessed and cleared by medical staff and are now being processed by immigration officials, the Home Office said.

It said the nationalities of the detainees are still being determined, and a criminal investigation has been launched.

Mr. Javid said: ‘The number of migrants crossing the Channel overnight is deeply concerning and I’m receiving regular updates on the situation.

‘Those who choose to make this dangerous journey across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world are putting their lives in grave danger – and I will continue to do all I can to stop them.’

He said the UK Border Force had stepped up its activity out of the Joint Co-ordination and Information Centre in Calais.

Mr. Javid said: ‘It is an established principle that those in need of protection should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach, and since January more than 30 people who arrived illegally in the UK in small boats have been returned to Europe.

‘We will continue to seek to return anyone who has entered the UK illegally.’

Border Force vessels, RNLI lifeboats from Dover, Dungeness and Rye and coastguard rescue teams from Folkestone, Langdon, and Rye Bay were involved in the response.

Images of men being given blankets by emergency service workers on Winchelsea beach have been shared on Twitter.

A spokesman for Kent Police said it had provided support to the Border Force.

Kent MP Charlie Elphicke claimed the events would mean ‘a record number of boats arriving in a single day’.

He added on Twitter: ‘This crisis was meant to have been dealt with at Christmas, yet numbers continue to rise.

‘It looks set to surge to record levels through the summer.

‘The Home Office needs to get a grip on this crisis.’

One of the boats, which had eight migrants on board, managed to arrive on the coast without being picked up by the Border Force.

Officials handed the men, women, and children blankets and bottles of water before they were offered medical assistance.

One migrant was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia.

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