Police search child migrants at the roadside after boats land on beach

Police search child migrants at the roadside after boats land on beaches in Kent while two more dinghies are intercepted as ruthless smugglers take advantage of warmer weather

  • At least three incidents saw migrants manage to get onto land without being stopped until minutes later 
  • The landings happened in different areas across the Kent coast and saw the authorities’ resources stretched 
  • Official Home Office statistics showed more than 3,872 people have arrived in 113 incidents last month 

Police and Border Force officers were stretched today after a series of migrant landings across the Kent coast.

The break in unpleasant weather meant people smugglers saw the opportunity to restart dinghies across the Channel.

They managed to evade French authorities without any problem and began arriving in the first light of Friday morning. 

Kent police said they were called to assist Border Force just after 9am after they were alerted to suspected migrants who had managed to get to residential streets in Kingsdown.

Later officers were seen searching children at the side of the road after they and adults were found at a road 500 yards from Walmer Beach.

And the afternoon saw around 40 migrants land at St Margaret’s Beach.

A group of migrants after landing on the beach today in perfect weather conditions at St Margaret’s bay near Dover, Kent.

A lone woman was left on the beach to fend for herself after scores of male migrants fled once they had landed on shore

These three children were searched on Liverpool Road 500 yards from Walmer Beach earlier today after reports of migrants

The men ran off as soon as they hit land, leaving the sole female occupant behind to be caught by officials, one of which could be seen comforting her.

Home Office workers say 89 people from five different boats were intercepted on Thursday while French authorities stopped another five boats preventing 99 people from reaching Britain.

More are expected throughout the day with boats already having arrived this morning, as people smugglers take advantage of warmer weather and calm seas.

They are the first to make the treacherous crossing since September 22 due to bad weather in the English Channel.

Groups of at least eight in orange lifejackets were seen today climbing ashore the Border Force boat in Dover Harbour.

The migrants were caught by officials almost immediately and sat on the ground waiting to be taken to a centre this morning

A police officer was on the scene at St Margaret’s Bay dealing with the numbers getting onto the shore after crossing the sea

The police appeared to have gone to the scene near Walmer Beach after reports from the public of suspected migrants

One officer appeared to be checking a young girl’s wellington boot as they found them at the side of the road near the beach

French police say that they also prevented several migrants crossings overnight, seizing boats and making arrests.

Dan O’Mahoney, clandestine channel threat commander for Border Force, said: ‘The government is determined to tackle the unacceptable rise in dangerous Channel crossings using every tool at our disposal, at every stage in the journey.

‘Working with police and international partners, this year there have been nearly 300 arrests, 65 convictions related to small boat criminality and our targeted efforts have prevented more than 13,500 migrant attempts.

‘But this is a complicated issue requiring changes to our laws. The Government’s New Plan for Immigration provides a long term solution to fix the broken system and deliver the change required to tackle criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life.’

It comes after September was the busiest month on record, with Dover receiving four times the amount of migrants compared to September 2020.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by Border Force officers after their boat was found

An extremely young child is carried onto shore after a boat she was on was rescued by Border Force officials in the waters

Two young children and woman believed to be their mother were among migrants brought to the Kent shores 

The children’s father was seen among the group as officials intercepted their boat in the channel earlier today

Official Home Office statistics showed more than 3,872 have arrived in 113 incidents last month – breaking the 3,509 who made the dangerous journey in 117 boats in July.

And officers have now detained at least 17,228 migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats so far this year, more than double the record number who made the treacherous crossing in all of 2020.

In 2020 there were a total of 8,410 were detained in small boat incidents. 

This comes just days after Home Secretary Priti Patel in the Conservative party conference committed to reducing the number of channel crossings.

She said: ‘The shocking images of people crammed into flimsy boats, exploited by people smugglers, vile criminals, characterized by ruthlessness and greed who even threatened to drown small children just to line their pockets.

‘This can not continue, this is why we are going after the criminals behind this perilous trade of people smuggling.’

A Kent Police spokesperson said: ‘We assisted Border Force following a report of suspected migrants seen near Undercliffe Road, Kingsdown at 9.15 am on Friday 8 October 2021.’

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