Migrants in blankets led away by Border Force officials at Dover

Barefoot migrants clad in blankets are led away by Border Force officials after their dinghies were intercepted as they reached Dover after crossing the Channel

  • Several migrants were intercepted by Border Force and Coastguard this morning
  • The group had been attempting to cross the English Channel to get into the UK   
  • 20 men were seen shivering in blankets as temperatures dropped to 4C today 

A group of 20 migrants have today been intercepted by Border Force officials as they attempted to make the perilous crossing into the UK.

The group of men were stopped by the Coastguard at Dover Harbour after they were spotted in two dinghies. 

They were processed by authorities and given blankets after making the trip as temperatures plunged to just 4C this morning. 

Around 1,500 asylum seekers have made it into Britain since January, with record numbers risking their lives to get to the UK by small boats. 

The men were processed by authorities and given blankets after making the trip as temperatures plunged to just 4C this morning

The group were intercepted by Border Force officials in Dover today

The group were intercepted by Border Force officials in Dover today 

The group of men were stopped by the Coastguard at Dover Harbour after they were spotted in a dinghy

The group of men were stopped by the Coastguard at Dover Harbour after they were spotted in a dinghy

A spokesman for the Home Office told MailOnline: ‘Border Force has been dealing with two small boat incidents today.

‘In the first incident, at around 7am, Border Force was alerted to a small boat travelling across the Channel towards the UK. Two Border Force vessels intercepted the RHIB, which was carrying a group of 10 men.

‘In the second incident, at around 7.30am, Border Force was alerted to a small boat sighted off the coast of Kent. A Border Force vessel was sent to the scene and 10 men were detained, with assistance from Kent Police.

‘The men from both boats were taken to Dover where they will be medically assessed before being interviewed by immigration officials. The nationalities of the individuals are yet to be established.’

In the past 12 months, hundreds of migrants have made the perilous trip across the Dover Strait, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. 

They are typically picked up by Border Force officers after making it on to British waters – usually off the Kent coast – and brought into Dover to be questioned.

Millions of pounds has been spent by the Home Office in an effort to stop the crossings, but they continued to surge and reached record numbers in the summer.

In August, 336 migrants made it into Britain – including 86 in one day – while a woman drowned after falling overboard during a crossing. Her body was found on Dutch waters weeks after the incident.

The men stood barefoot and wrapped up against the biting cold in blankets

The men stood barefoot and wrapped up against the biting cold in blankets 

The group of men were stopped by the Coastguard at Dover Harbour after they were spotted in a dinghy

The group of men were stopped by the Coastguard at Dover Harbour after they were spotted in a dinghy

In the past 12 months, hundreds of migrants have made the perilous trip across the Dover Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes

In the past 12 months, hundreds of migrants have made the perilous trip across the Dover Strait, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes

Migrants are typically picked up by Border Force officers after making it on to British waters

Migrants are typically picked up by Border Force officers after making it on to British waters

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