Three British men arrested and eight migrants detained as two boats come ashore on Kent coast

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THREE British men were arrested after migrants were found shivering on a beach yesterday.

They were picked up as their boat came ashore at Folkestone, Kent, and held on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.

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Three men have been arrested after eight migrants arrived on the coast near Dover in Kent[/caption]

The trio remain in custody and will be interviewed by National Crime Agency investigators.

The arrests came shortly after the eight migrants were spotted at Samphire Hoe, near Dover at around 8am.

The migrants were treated by paramedics for the affects of cold and handed over to immigration officers

They are the latest group to arrive after hundreds of migrants have made the perilous trip from Calais to Dover – the busiest shipping lane in the world – since last November.

Retired coastguard Andy Roberts said he was “amazed” the migrants managed to cross.

He said: “Overnight conditions would have been very difficult for them to cross the Channel in. I’m amazed they have managed to it to be honest.”

It comes after 18 migrants arrived in two separate incidents off the Kent coast last Thursday – including a family with two young children.

Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, said: “Britain must not be a soft touch for people smugglers.


“These dangerous crossings will only stop when the traffickers know they will not succeed.

“That’s why firmer action is needed to tackle this crisis.

“Ministers should work with France to make the English Channel to be made a joint security zone where anyone found can be helped carefully and safely back to the French coast. We also need to see aerial surveillance increased to be round the clock.”

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Coastguard and Border Force officials check the coastline near Samphire Hoe[/caption]

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Border Force is seen operating close to Dover following the arrests[/caption]

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The MP for Dover and Deal said Britain must not become a ‘soft touch’ for people smugglers[/caption]

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