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UK News 39 Iranians in four boats stopped off coast at Dover

17:35  17 november  2019
17:35  17 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Four boats were intercepted on Sunday morning © Getty Four boats were intercepted on Sunday morning

Border Force officials have intercepted four boats carrying 39 Iranian migrants who were attempting to cross the Channel to the UK.

All the boats were discovered near Dover on Sunday, with officials first alerted to a vessel carrying nine people at 4.30am.

The second interception came at 6am when a vessel carrying a group of five people was found.

All those found said they were Iranian nationals © Sky News Screen Grab All those found said they were Iranian nationals

An hour later 11 people were found in a vessel followed by a fourth incident at 7.30am in which a small boat was found carrying 14.

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Another vessel, containing 10 Iranian men, was intercepted off the Kent coast at 9.15am. Shortly after 2pm, a third boat carrying five people was met On Tuesday, 14 men and three minors – all Iranian , were stopped at Dover harbour trying to make their way into the country on board a fishing boat .

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The Home Office said all the people were taken to Dover where they were medically assessed before being interviewed by immigration officials.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Crossing the Channel in a small boat is incredibly dangerous.

"Anyone attempting the journey is taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of their loved ones."

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