Migrant crossings: At least 160 people cross English Channel into the UK

Monday 11th January 2021 11:45 GMT

The number of crossings is the most so far this year - and comes after a record 8,417 successful journeys last year.

The Home Office reported that the 160 people made it to the UK on board 10 boats on Saturday and Sunday.

Border Force officers were active in the Channel as migrants made the crossing in cold conditions but with calm winds along the coast.

A number of children are believed to have been among a few dozen migrants who were brought to Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on Saturday.

Police and immigration officials were in the seaside town to meet the arrivals, who were wrapped up in coats and wearing face masks.

One young migrant in a grey blanket was seen being carried by a police officer on dry land following the search and rescue operation.

Home Secretary Priti Patel and her department have made continued vows to make the dangerous Channel route "unviable".

Meanwhile, French authorities monitoring migrant activity on the other side of the Dover Strait intercepted seven boats carrying 67 people.

The Border Force cutter Searcher was recorded moving off the coast of Kent on Monday morning.

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