UK intercepts 74 persons crossing English Channel

epa07267895 The UK Border Force vessel 'Speedwell' is moored near the Port of Dover in Kent, Britain, 07 January 2019. The British Border Force has increased its presence in the English Channel in response to growing numbers of small vessels with migrants trying to cross the Channel over recent weeks. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

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British authorities intercepted eight vessels carrying some 74 migrants, including minors, across the English Channel on Saturday. French authorities reportedly caught two additional boats.

Coastguard officials said the boats were found along Britain’s southeast coast, stretching from the port of Dover to Winchelsea Beach near Hastings, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the situation was “alarming.” He added that he would work with French authorities to stop human trafficking across the channel. A criminal investigation is now underway.

 

Via Sky News

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