Dozens of migrants are picked up by Border Force after making Channel crossing in dinghies for the first time this month during break in the bad weather
- Interception was the first time this month migrants had attempted the cross
- Unconfirmed reports claimed between 50 and 60 were detained by officers
- Last month a total of 1,954 people were caught by Border Force in the sea
Dozens of migrants trying to reach the UK have been picked up by Border Force officers for the first time this month.
The adults attempting to reach Kent were in small crafts after setting off in a break in the terrible weather that has been plaguing the area.
Smugglers in Calais had put them into a number of small boats, including rigid hulled inflatable boats and dinghies, for the 27 mile journey.
But they were picked up in the English Channel by Border Force vessels sent out to intercept them.
It comes as proposals being worked on by the Home Office suggested migrants attempting to cross the Channel could be held on disused ferries.
The migrants were intercepted as they attempted to make the perilous journey to the UK
The trip from Calais is perilously dangerous and use small boats and dinghies most times
They were intercepted by border force and brought to the shore by government boat
The idea to use boats to house asylum seekers before they land on British shores formed part of leaked Home Office plans last week.
Government sources earlier insisted that the ideas were only ever considered in brainstorming sessions, and complained that they are being leaked to damage ministers.
However, it now appears the ferries plan – which could take several months to go through – may actually form part of the Government’s blueprint to get to grips with migration.
Unconfirmed reports today claimed between 50 and 60 were picked up by Border Force in the latest interception.
One boat with 13 people on board was less than half a mile off the Kent coast.
They were brought to St Margaret’s Bay on the White Cliffs after it was intercepted by the Border Force vessel Speedwell.
Another boat was reportedly picked up six miles off Dover in the early hours.
Smugglers in Calais had put them into a number of small boats for the 27 mile journey
One boat with 13 people on board was less than half a mile off the Kent coast
The boat intercepted the vessel in the Channel before accompanying it into custody
Until now the last crossing was made on September 30 when 23 people in two boats were detained, taking the total for the month to 1,954.
Bad weather since then has made the treacherous 21 mile trip too dangerous to attempt.
Although 15 migrants had to be rescued on Monday night after getting into difficulties off Dunkirk in France and had to be rescued by French authorities.
A total of 7,117 have already made the crossing so far this year.
The Home Office has been looking at a number of places migrants could be held if they are caught crossing the Channel – including disused ferries.
Government sources had insisted the ideas – which were leaked last week – were only part of a brainstorming session.
But a source told The Sun: ‘There is a real determination to tackle this problem and things are now moving forward. The ferry plan is on. It’s happening.’
Officials were told to begin discussions about buying two unused boats to turn into processing centres and keep off the coast of Portsmouth, sources said.
Some £6million could buy the Home Office a 40-year-old ferry which could house 1,400 asylum seekers, The Times reported.
Approval to house migrants in ferries has not been granted, a Home Office spokesperson said.