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Border Force officers catch 38 migrants trying to get across the Channel in small boats

Border Force officers caught 38 migrants trying to get across the Channel in small boats, making it 112 captured since the start of June.

One dinghy carrying nine was intercepted as it came ashore early on Wednesday morning at Dungeness, Kent, while the other 29 were apprehended on two other vessels by a patrol boat. 

Border Force officials confirmed ‘three small boat incidents’ off the Kent coast, after 74 migrants were captured off the coast of East Sussex on June 1. 

The 38 people were made up of men, women and children, all claiming to be either Iranian or Iraqi.  

Two of the men from the dinghy carrying nine people were seen being taken into a police car by officers at Greatstone, Kent on Wednesday

The rubber dinghy had a total of ten lifejackets aboard, including one for a small child - two other vessels were intercepted carrying 29 migrants by a patrol boat

The rubber dinghy had a total of ten lifejackets aboard, including one for a small child – two other vessels were intercepted carrying 29 migrants by a patrol boat

One of the men could be seen with his arms behind his back as officers searched through his bag

One of the men could be seen with his arms behind his back as officers searched through his bag

Two of the men were pictured being taken into a police car, while a larger group were dealt with at port. 

They were seen arriving on shore at 7.40am and were swiftly met by officers, who took them away in a police car.

Clothes including black boxers, blue jeans, a belt and shoes were seen dumped on the pebbles near their inflatable boat.

Their boat was carrying nine people in total, with police dealing with all of them.

Their group arrived after the 29 other crammed on two boats were intercepted by a Border Force patrol vessel.

They are all being interviewed by immigration officials and a criminal investigation has been launched, the Home Office said.

French authorities also brought a boat of 15 migrants attempting to cross and took them back to France.

Photographer Susan Pilcher, from the nearby village of Littlestone, snapped the migrants detained by police.

Migrants, including women and youngsters, could be seen being assessed by Border Patrol officers in Kent on Wednesday

Migrants, including women and youngsters, could be seen being assessed by Border Patrol officers in Kent on Wednesday

A total of 38 migrants were caught by officers on Wednesday, bringing the total captured in June to 112

A total of 38 migrants were caught by officers on Wednesday, bringing the total captured in June to 112

The migrants could be seen with blankets and luggage after making the perilous crossing over the Channel

The migrants could be seen with blankets and luggage after making the perilous crossing over the Channel

Their rubber dinghy is hauled onto the back of trailer after being transported to the port at Dover

Their rubber dinghy is hauled onto the back of trailer after being transported to the port at Dover

She said: ‘They seemed very calm, but one of them did look quite distressed at one point, rubbing around his eyes. I think he might have been quite upset.

‘There were about 10 lifejackets on the boat, so it’s likely there are more migrants who may have got away.

‘The police were asking the men if they had any ID and they took them away in the police car about 8.45am.

‘The sea conditions aren’t ideal. It’s really scary when you think they’re coming over such a busy shipping lane.

‘It’s frightening that they’re so desperate to come across the Channel like this, especially with children. It’s sad.’

Seventy-four people including several children were detained earlier this month as eight boats tried to cross the Channel, with one landing at Winchelsea Caravan Park beach, East Sussex.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid described the incident as ‘concerning.’ 

Britain saw a surge in the number of migrants coming into the country last November.

French authorities also brought a boat of 15 migrants attempting to cross and took them back to France - here a woman can be seen carrying something over her shoulder

French authorities also brought a boat of 15 migrants attempting to cross and took them back to France – here a woman can be seen carrying something over her shoulder

The migrants can be seen being directed from a blue shipping container while they are assessed by officers

The migrants can be seen being directed from a blue shipping container while they are assessed by officers

And in December, after 138 made it on to UK shores, the Home Secretary declared a ‘major incident’ and hauled in extra Border Force cutters.

But last month saw that figure beaten, with 140 getting into the country. 

More than 700 migrants have now crossed the Channel since November 3.

After arriving, they are taken for questioning by immigration officials, and most have presented themselves as either Iranian or Iraqi.

A Home Office spokesman said on Wednesday: ‘This morning a Border Force coastal patrol vessel intercepted 29 people from two small boats travelling across the Channel towards the UK coast. The group were made up of men, women and children.

‘A third small boat was recovered at Dungeness beach. The nine people who had arrived on the vessel were dealt with by Kent Police.

‘All 38 people, who presented themselves as Iraqi and Iranian nationals, have been medically assessed and have now been passed to immigration officers for interview.

‘A criminal investigation is underway in relation to the three UK incidents.

‘The French authorities intercepted a fourth small boat with 15 migrants on board. This was returned to the French mainland.’

They added: ‘Anyone crossing the Channel in a small boat is taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of their children.

Earlier this month eight vessels made it to shore, landing at Winchelsea Caravan Park beach, East Sussex

Earlier this month eight vessels made it to shore, landing at Winchelsea Caravan Park beach, East Sussex

Seventy-four were captured from eight vessels on June 1, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid describing the incident as 'concerning'

Seventy-four were captured from eight vessels on June 1, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid describing the incident as ‘concerning’

‘Since the Home Secretary declared a major incident in December, two cutters have returned to UK waters from overseas operations.

‘We have also agreed a joint action plan with France and increased activity out of the Joint Coordination and Information Centre in Calais.

‘Last week, the Home Secretary and the French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, agreed to continue to explore options to reinforce the efforts already being made.

‘It is an established principle that those in need of protection should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach and since January more than 35 people who arrived illegally in the UK in small boats have been returned to Europe.’

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