June 5, 2021, 8:49 PM

Border Force pictured earlier this month.

Image: PA


The Home Office is investigating an incident in which migrants attempting to cross the Channel were allegedly picked up in French waters by British border forces and taken to Dover.

The move was orchestrated between senior crew members of HMCS Valiant and French patrol vessel Athos last Saturday, the Daily Mail reported.

Interior Minister Priti Patel has repeatedly promised to make the dangerous route across the Channel “unsustainable”, but crossings have increased.

A spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry said: “We are urgently investigating the circumstances of this incident.”

It comes as nearly 600 migrants were intercepted as they attempted to cross the English Channel in three days this week.

The Home Office confirmed that French authorities on Friday dealt with eight incidents involving 130 people, with the UK dealing with four boats involving 83 people.

This follows 201 people arrested by border force officers in eight incidents on Thursday.

And French authorities intercepted nine crossings on Wednesday and Thursday preventing 171 people from reaching the United Kingdom.

That makes a total of 585 crossing attempts in just three days.

The number of people crossing the 21-mile stretch of water has nearly doubled so far in 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, with more than 3,100 reaching English shores by the end of May.

Anti-immigration protests took place in Dover last weekend with protesters blocking access to major shopping terminals.





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