Three security guards are now stationed outside a seaside hotel that is used to accommodate asylum seekers.
The three men, all masked, guard the Stade Court Hotel in Hythe, now closed to the public.
Traffic cones have been placed at the entrance to the hotel, with signs indicating that it is temporarily closed.
Guests have been seen seated on balconies.
It follows reports that the Home Office has reached an agreement to use the hotel as accommodation for people seeking asylum in the UK.
When our reporter visited the site today, a man said he “managed” the hotel on behalf of the Home Office.
He would not reveal any other information, including why there is a need for security personnel or if guests are allowed to leave.
It is not known how long the hotel will be used to accommodate asylum seekers, but the BBC has announced it will last around two months at a cost of £ 5,000 per day.
However, a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said they did not “recognize” the numbers.
The spokesperson also said hotels were being used due to “unprecedented demand” for accommodation.
It comes as a record number of people have crossed the Channel on Monday this week in an attempt to reach Kent and other parts of the southeast coast.
A total of 430 people made the dangerous journey from France in small boats, disembarking at Kingdown near Deal, and on Romney Marsh.
287 other people also arrived on Tuesday.
So far this year, more than 8,400 people have crossed the sea to reach the UK.
In response, Home Secretary Priti Patel pledged even more action, with £ 54million sent to France to double the number of police on beaches.
A new bill is also being introduced that will give border enforcement officers the power to remove asylum seekers from the UK while at sea, and make it a criminal offense to knowingly arrive in the UK without authorization.
In addition to accommodating people at the Stade Court hotel, the former military camp, Napier Barracks, in Folkestone, has been used by the Home Office to accommodate asylum seekers since last September.
Since then, the barracks have been plagued by many problems, including fires, protests, arrests, protests and Covid-19 epidemics.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said: “The asylum system is operated by criminal gangs who facilitate dangerous, unnecessary and illegal small boat crossings.
“Our Nationality and Borders Bill will fix this flawed system to deter these dangerous and illegal crossings.
“In the meantime, due to unprecedented demand, we have had to use temporary accommodation such as hotels to handle the demands on the asylum area.”
The Interior Ministry has been approached for more information.
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