(fashion) A record 92 migrants trying to get to Britain were seized by Border Force officers yesterday amid claims smugglers are telling them they will not be able to cross the Channel after Brexit.
The staggering haul - made up of people from eight different countries including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Vietnam, Ethiopia and the Philippines - crossed the Channel in seven small boats throughout the day.
And on Tuesday night the French authorities picked up in a migrant in a small kayak trying to cross the Channel and released a photograph of the man.
Two migrants have already died this year making the dangerous crossing - but there are now fresh fears 'many more' migrants will die.
At Greatstone beach, in Littlestone, Kent, the Border Force detained 19 people who managed to land after crossing the Channel (pictured)
Holiday park worker Stewart Ide spotted the 'refugees' landing at the beach just before 11am yesterday (pictured)
Now a French politician has said migrants are wrongly being told 'the crossing will close' after Brexit - leading to a massive increase in numbers.
Conservative MP for Calais Pierre-Henri Dumont blamed 'fake news' about the UK's departure from the EU and said 'security measures' alone would not stop the rise in crossings.
Mnsr Dumont, Conservative MP for Calais, told BBC South East Today: 'Smugglers say to migrants, 'If the UK leaves the EU, you will not ever be able to cross the Channel'.
'It's a lie, because it won't change anything. Smugglers are giving fake news to migrants, but it's for them to earn money.'
On Tuesday night the French authorities picked up in a migrant in a small kayak trying to cross the Channel and released this photograph
He said the UK's asylum system should be changed to allow migrants to apply at British embassies in Europe.
He said French police could 'not do more' to stop boat crossings, adding: 'We need to understand that we cannot monitor 400 or 500km of coast.'
Mr Dumont, said that many migrants had travelled thousands of miles. He added: 'Now everyday they can see the English coast here in Calais.
'Do you really think controls, police forces, cameras, walls, will stop them from trying to cross? No, never.'
The migrant who tried to cross in a kayak at noon on Tuesday was around four miles north of Calais trying to make his way to the UK when picked up by the French authorities.
The migrants boat could be seen on its way to shore yesterday in Littlestone in Kent and was filmed by holiday park worker Stewart Ide
The group could be seen making their way to shore with their belongings at around noon yesterday
Boats and helicopters were sent to the scene and picked up the migrant at 6.30pm who was in a state of mild hypothermia.
The migrant was then taken back to the port of Dunkirk.
Yesterday Border Force ships intercepted four boats carrying migrants on the busiest day for incursions this year - but missed two others that landed on the south coast.
The 92 foreign men, women and children are being processed by Border Force officers at a makeshift centre in Dover, Kent, as officials struggle to deal with increased numbers of migrant incursions.
The total number of migrants who have made it across the Dover Strait - the world's busiest shipping lane - has exceeded 1,000 already this year
At Greatstone beach, in Littlestone, Kent, the Border Force detained 19 people who managed to land after crossing the Channel.
Holiday park worker Stewart Ide spotted the 'refugees' landing at the beach just before 11am yesterday.
He rang police as he ran to meet the boat, which contained people who claimed they were Kurds coming from Iran, Iraq and Turkey.
Stewart said: 'I was having my breakfast in my office which looks out onto the sea when I noticed a boat. I saw a dinghy and got my binoculars out to check I wasn't dreaming.
'I saw loads of immigrants in a small grey rubber dinghy. I couldn't believe it, it looked liked something off a film. They were all dressed in black.
Two small boats with 11 migrants each travelled across the Channel towards the UK shoreline early on Tuesday
'It was so surreal - I called the police as I ran down to the beach and found them freezing, scared and hungry. I hugged one man and said 'welcome to England'.'
Police arrived within minutes and rounded up 14 of the 19 migrants.
As well as that thwarted beachhead landing, the Home Office said that the Border Force intercepted two vessels early in the morning, one carrying 11 people and the other with 12.
They claimed to be Iranian, Afghan, Pakistani and Filipino and were taken to Dover, Kent, to be medically assessed and interviewed by immigration officials.
A further nine people who landed on Pett Level Beach, near Winchelsea, East Sussex, were detained medically assessed and interviewed.
Around midday, a Border Force boat intercepted a vessel near Dungeness, Kent, and brought it back to Dover.
The two boats had nationals of Pakistan , Iran , Afghanistan , and the Philippines on board. The migrants are pictured on UK shores being helped by authorities
Of the 18 people on board, 14 presented themselves as Iranian, three Iraqi and one Vietnamese.
Also around midday, Border Force was alerted to another boat in the Channel which it picked up and transported to Dover.
There were 23 on board the boat, who identified as nationals of Iran and Ethiopia, bringing the total number of migrants to 92
A Home Office spokesman said: 'We are working closely at all levels with the French authorities to tackle this dangerous and illegal activity.
'Last month the Home Secretary and her French counterpart agreed to intensify joint action to tackle small boat crossings in the Channel.
Police and ambulance services are pictured at the scene. The individuals were taken to Dover, where they were medically assessed and found to be well, before being transferred to immigration officials for interview
'This includes drawing up an enhanced action plan to deploy more resources along the French coast to intercept and stop crossings.'
The Home Office declared the matter a major incident under former home secretary Sajid Javid and pledged millions of pounds to tackle the crisis, dispatching the three Border Force