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More child migrants arrive at Dover as dozens more make perilous crossing

MORE child migrants have arrived at Dover as dozens more made the perilous crossing today.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has vowed to end the illegal crossings through the Channel and crack down on criminal gangs who prey on families desperation to find a way to get to the UK.

Tiny children who had to be carried ashore by Border Control officials were among some of the latest wave of migrants to cross the Channel today.

More than 900 people have arrived in the last 10 days.

Almost 4,500 migrants have made the dangerous journey so far this year, compared with 1,823 in 2019.

Earlier today, 11 migrants who made it to a beach near the Port of Dover were rounded up by police – including a distressed mother and what appeared to be her teenage son.

 man on a mobile phone was seen running off by witnesses after 11 migrants – men and women including a family – were intercepted under the iconic white cliffs near the town centre at the Kent port town.

But 15 lifejackets were counted at the spot where they m ade it to shore, suggesting four others might have slipped away.

The group tried to cross the busy A20 leading to the port around 9.30am when police arrived and detained them before they were handed over to Border Force officers to be processed.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called at 9.20am on Friday to a report that suspected migrants were in the Shakespeare Cliff area of Dover.

“Officers attended and located a number of people who have now been passed into the care of Home Office Immigration Enforcement.”

The Sun revealed this week how ruthless people-smugglers are promising parents that “kids will go free” on the tiny boats to persuade them to fork over cash for the journey.

A charity worker in northern France told The Sun: “We’ve spoken to people intercepted en route to the UK who have told us how babies and infants are getting into dinghies for free.

“Younger children and teenagers are being allowed on for just a few hundred pounds a time.”

Kent County Council fears it will soon reach care capacity for children as centres are filling up “very, very fast”. 

Council leader Roger Gough said arrivals this month could exceed 100 – a monthly figure not seen since the last major migrant crisis in 2015.

He added: “One (centre) which we actually emptied last week and which we reopened on Saturday, we are now almost full already.

“So this is the pace at which events are moving. The real question is what we can do to sustain that reception for those young people if the arrivals continue at the rate they do and we are unable to place those children with other local authorities.”

Last week, a heavily pregnant woman made it to Dover on a tiny dinghy packed with people.

Immigration minister Chris Philp met with officials in France earlier this week to thrash out a “new, comprehensive action plan” to stem the surge in crossings and demand the French step up the action they are taking.

Earlier this week the RAF was brought in to help the effort to stop migrant crossings.

At least three RAF planes have been monitoring the Channel from the sky this week to help the coastguard and Border Force spot people attempting to cross.

But suggestions the Royal Navy could be sent int to stop the migrant crisis in the Channel was called a “declaration of maritime war” by the Mayor of Calais.

Natacha Bouchert said earlier this week: “We in Calais, we are hostile to this scenario (of using the Royal Navy).”

“Rather than accept migrants who go on to work in the black economy, and giving us lessons, Boris Johnson would be better off introducing legislation to review reception conditions in his country.”

 

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