Border Force intercept another 185 migrants in nine Channel crossings today

Almost 200 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials as they crossed the English Channel today - with the total number so far this year surpassing 2,100.

The Home Office confirmed that another 185 migrants attempted the journey in nine separate incidents today.

These latest arrivals mean that the total number to make the crossing this year is now 2,108 - including 223 in January, 308 in February, 831 in March and 746 in April. 

It comes as French authorities prevented at least three events involving 40 migrants on Saturday.

Two Italian ports also faced an influx of hundreds of migrants after a charity ship sailed toward a Sicilian port with 236 people rescued in the Mediterranean from traffickers' boats with a further 532 being rescued by the Italian coastguard.

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Almost 200 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials as they crossed the English Channel today - with the total number so far this year surpassing 2,100

Almost 200 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials as they crossed the English Channel today - with the total number so far this year surpassing 2,100 

These latest arrivals mean that the total number to make the journey this year is now 2,108 - including 223 in January, 308 in February, 831 in March and 746 in April

These latest arrivals mean that the total number to make the journey this year is now 2,108 - including 223 in January, 308 in February, 831 in March and 746 in April

There were 185 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials as they crossed the English Channel today

There were 185 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials as they crossed the English Channel today

The Home Office confirmed that the migrants attempted the journey in nine separate incidents today

The Home Office confirmed that the migrants attempted the journey in nine separate incidents today

These latest arrivals mean that the total number to make the journey this year is now 2,108 - including 223 in January, 308 in February, 831 in March and 746 in April

These latest arrivals mean that the total number to make the journey this year is now 2,108 - including 223 in January, 308 in February, 831 in March and 746 in April

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A spokesperson for Home Office said: 'We are working closely with our partners in France to stop these unnecessary journeys and the ruthless criminal gangs behind them. 

'As a result more than 2,500 people have been prevented from making the dangerous crossing so far this year, and we have also secured 65 small boat related prosecutions since the start of 2020.

'There is more work to be done and our New Plan for Immigration will fix the asylum system, cracking down on the business model of people smugglers who put lives at risk by facilitating dangerous journeys into the UK.'

Last month Miss Patel announced that border guards patrolling the Channel will be given powers to turn back migrant boats. 

The crackdown will be dependent on France and other countries accepting the return of migrants. 

Border Force officials were seen helping one woman off the boat after she was picked up making the crossing

Border Force officials were seen helping one woman off the boat after she was picked up making

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