United Kingdom alarm as migrant boats cross Channel

French fishermen discovered fishing boats in the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer which had seemingly been forced overnight by illegal migrants having to steal the vessels and make a drive across the English Channel, La Voix du Nord reports.

He has also held a conference call with officials in the Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and the National Crime Agency (NCA) - where he was briefed on the latest intelligence and action being taken.

The number of migrants rescued in the Channel by British...

But there were calls for the Royal Navy to be sent in, with one MP warning that the crisis could otherwise escalate into a "catastrophe".

'The home secretary has also asked for an urgent call with his French counterpart over the weekend to reaffirm the continuing need for the United Kingdom and France to work closely together to tackle the problem.

Most recently, 12 people were detained off the coast of Dover in the early hours of Friday morning.

It added that Javid wants to ensure everything possible is being done to deter migrants from attempting the risky crossing, "amid concern that it is only a matter of time before people lose their lives".

Despite pressure from Tory colleagues, French politicians and the military Mr Javid is reluctant to order additional boats to the Channel for fear it could encourage more migrants to attempt the crossing.

Bridget Chapman, from the charity Kent Refugee Action Network, said the situation was in part a result of United Kingdom measures to "beef up the security around Calais".

Nokes and Elphicke are to discuss the situation with Border Force officers in Dover.

Another eight migrants have been detained after coming to southern England by sea, Britain's Home Office has told Euronews.

Officials intercepted 23 Iranians in the Channel on Thursday, including three children, and a further 43 people were picked up over Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The authority connected the incidents with organised crime gangs.

14 November - Nine suspected migrants - seven men, one woman and a toddler - were found off the Kent coast.

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