Two more migrant boats found off Kent coast

28 December 2018, 15:01

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Two more migrants boats have been intercepted off the coast of Kent.

Two more migrants boats have been intercepted off the coast of Kent.

The first - containing four men from Iran and Syria - was found near Dover at around 3am.

Another boat - containing eight Iranian men - was discovered six hours later.

Border Force and HM Coastguard were involved in the rescue.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said:

“The number of incidents over recent days is deeply concerning.  Some of this is clearly facilitated by organised crime groups while other attempts appear to be opportunistic.

“We are in close and continual contact with the French authorities and law enforcement partners including through the new UK-France Coordination and Information Centre which opened in Calais at the end of last month to tackle criminality at the border.

“Attempting to cross the Channel in this way is extremely dangerous and they are putting their lives at risk.  People should also be in no doubt that Border Force and the Police Aux Frontieres are working together 24 hours a day to prevent attempts, protect life and prosecute offenders.

“At the same time the UK’s NCA-led Organised Immigration Taskforce is working to stop people smuggling at source.”