More than 800 migrants intercepted crossing English Channel in new daily record
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 23/08/2021
A record 828 migrants were intercepted by the UK while crossing the English Channel on Saturday, the Home Office says.
The previous record for a single day was 592 on 12 August.
The UK was involved in 30 crossing events – including rescues – on Saturday, according to the Home Office, although none have since been recorded on Sunday or Monday.
French authorities stopped another 193 people crossing on Saturday in 10 different incidents.
In the whole of 2020, some 8,417 people arrived on the UK’s shores.
Dan O’Mahoney, the clandestine Channel threat commander for the UK government, said: “These dangerous crossings from safe EU countries are completely unnecessary and we are determined to take down the evil criminal gangs behind them.
“We’re working across government as well as with French and international partners to tackle this issue. We have doubled the number of police officers on French beaches, prevented more than 10,000 attempts, secured nearly 300 arrests and 65 prosecutions.
“The government’s new plan for immigration will fix the broken asylum system so it can no longer be exploited in this way.”
© Sky News 2020