Then at approximately 09.35am, Border Force intercepted an inbound vessel off the coast of Dover. The boat contained 8 males (who presented themselves as Iranian) and was escorted into the Port of Dover.
The MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke said: “The best way to stop these crossings is for migrants and traffickers to know they won’t succeed in entering the UK.
“That’s why there needs to be round the clock aerial surveillance to ensure the French authorities are alerted to any small craft leaving the French coast so they can be helped safely back to France.
“Only yesterday we saw a terrible tragedy in the Mediterranean. Only by taking a strong stance can we ensure tragedy is avoided in the English Channel.”
The incident in the Mediterranean saw a boat carrying 120 people, including a baby, a child and a pregnant woman, sink off the coast of Libya.