Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

  • The Home Office has confirmed that Border Force is responding to two incidents
  • It is unclear how many migrants were picked up by agents from two boats today 
  • Migrants were led ashore before appearing to be loaded into waiting vehicles 

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Several migrants have been picked up by the Border Force off the Kent coast today.

The Home Office confirmed agents were responding to two incidents involving small boats.

A spokesman said further details would be provided once the situation had been resolved.

It is unclear how many migrants were picked up, but photographs appear to show at least nine individuals. 

They were seen in a dinghy and a small fishing boat before they were picked up.

The migrants wearing bright-orange life jackets were later pictured being led ashore before appearing to be loaded into waiting Border Force vehicles. 

Border Force is dealing with two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants of the coast of Kent

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

One of the small boats believed to have been used to ferry migrants is towed towards the shore

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

It is unclear how many migrants are involved in the incidents, with reports saying at least nine have been picked up

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

Suspected migrants are led off their boats by Border Force officials in Kent this afternoon

Last Tuesday, two people were arrested after around ten suspected migrants including a baby were found hidden in the back of a lorry after it parked at a petrol station.

Stunned motorists watched on as the group were led out of the back of a truck by police near a main road in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.

At one point a swaddled baby could be seen being cradled by its mother in the back of the vehicle.

Ambulance officials later confirmed ten people including a pregnant woman and two children were found at the scene near the A14.

The origin country of the migrants or their nationalities are not known at this stage.

The video showed a police officers opening the rear doors of a lorry to be greeted by a man in a blue shirt.

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

Men, who appear to be migrants, are inspected and talked to by Border Force agents off the coast of Kent today

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

The migrants, who seemed to number at least nine, were loaded into a Border Force vehicle after coming ashore

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

The men were questioned by officials before being inspected and led away towards vehicles

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

One of the fishing boats used by the migrants is towed towards the shore after Border Force agents intercepted it

Border Force responds to two incidents involving small boats carrying migrants off the Kent coast

A suspected migrant locked in discussion with Border Force officials in Kent after coming ashore

More people then emerged from deep inside the unmarked lorry, including a young child who was helped down from the lorry by officers.

Tina Rooney, 19, who filmed the clip of the moment the people were discovered said around 20 police officers surrounded the lorry.

She said: ‘There were ten men, a baby, a young child and a woman.

There were at least 15 people in the back.

More than 130 suspected migrants were apprehended by Border Force officials last month. 

It comes as it was revealed that seven out of 10 Britons support a cap on work permits after Brexit, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted for Migration Watch UK, said 71 per cent backed an upper limit on migrants who are coming here on work visas.

Only 15 per cent opposed the idea, with the rest ‘don’t knows’. 

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