At least 26 migrants land on Kent beaches

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A boat carrying 14 migrants landed in Kingsdown on Saturday morning


At least two boats carrying a total of 26 migrants arrived on the Kent coast after crossing the English Channel.

A boat, reportedly carrying 12 migrants, was picked up by border force patrols around 10:00 BST and brought ashore in Dover.

A second boat carrying 14 migrants landed in Kingsdown shortly after.

It is understood that there have also been landings at Deal and Folkestone although they have not been confirmed.

The Coast Guard confirmed they were grappling with “a number” of incidents.

The Home Office has been contacted for comment.

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Coast Guard have confirmed to have faced “a number” of incidents, including Kingsdown


It was reported earlier that the Home Office had sent a formal request to defense chiefs asking for help dealing with migrants trying to cross the Channel.

The Home Office said it was possible the Royal Navy might be brought in to patrol the smuggling of migrants.

Dover and Deal MP Natalie Elphicke said: “We have addressed this record number of people going through this year all options must be on the table. ”

A record number of unaccompanied migrant children arrived in the UK on Friday.

The 23 young people were entrusted to Kent County Council, in addition to the 70 who arrived in July.

These figures do not include those traveling with their families and the Home Office has refused to confirm the number of children arriving.

Since January 2019, at least 5,800 people have entered the UK on small boats and around 155 have been returned to Europe.

The Home Office blamed current regulations – which determine where an asylum seeker’s claim is heard – for the relatively small number of people who have been returned to Europe.

Interior Minister Priti Patel said on Friday the boats should be prevented from leaving France.

On Thursday, a record 235 people made the crossing on Thursday aboard 17 ships.

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