UK News Man jailed over migrant smuggling as six more children rescued from English Channel
More than 100 migrants intercepted by UK authorities in English Channel
Border Force patrol vessels and local lifeboats have been involved in the rescue of more than 100 migrants in small boats in the English Channel this morning. © Sky Migrants are seen being taken off boat after being rescued by coastguards At least seven rubber dinghies and a kayak were towed into Dover harbour.A freelance photographer in Dover said he counted more than 120 men, women and children, including a baby, being taken off Border Force vessels and a lifeboat.Elsewhere along the Kent coast, at least one small boat made it ashore, landing people on Dungeness beach.
A London man has been jailed and banned from France after trying to help smuggle migrants across the Channel in a small boat.
Wayne Mills, 54, is the third person to be jailed after five Albanians were found on a boat that was about to leave the French port of Cherbourg.
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The news comes as more migrants are believed to have tried to cross to the UK on Friday.
The coastguard said it is responding to “multiple incidents” off the coast of Kent.
Border Force vessels Seeker and Speedwell have also been active since the early hours of Friday morning.
In French waters authorities rescued more than 40 migrants including six children and two people with disabilities.
At least 202 migrants managed to cross to Britain on Thursday in a surge of 20 boats – a single-day record.
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Former home secretary Jack Straw said such a move risks potentially fatal capsizings.Ministers under pressure to act over record numbers of the perilous crossings are considering using Royal Navy and Border Force vessels to block the small boats in the English Channel.
More than 1,000 migrants have successfully made the crossing in July alone, analysis by the PA news agency reveals.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) announced today that London man Mills has been sentenced to four years in prison and given a 10-year ban from entering France.
Two other people, one of whom is British, were previously convicted and jailed in France after being arrested as they prepared to leave the French port of Cherbourg on June 27 in a small vessel with five Albanian migrants on board.
The boat had sailed to France from the Isle of Wight two days earlier.
Boat skipper Joshua Van Praagh, 25, from Portsmouth was jailed for three years and banned from returning to France for 10 years.
Albanian national Armando Hodo, 25, was jailed for three years and also banned from France.
Border Force wants migrant boats turned around and taken back to France after crossings soar .
The government has said it wants to see migrant boats intercepted at sea and directly returned to France in a bid to curb recent increases in Channel crossings. © Sky News Screen Grab A dinghy carrying 12 individuals is intercepted by authorities and they are brought to safety Home Secretary Priti Patel has appointed a "clandestine Channel threat commander" who will work to make the route "unviable for small boat crossings".