Two more Border Force vessels return to patrol Channel

The home secretary says two vessels will be redeployed from overseas in response to migrant crossings.

Two UK Border Force boats will be redeployed from overseas to patrol the Channel in response to recent migrant crossings, the home secretary has said.

Sajid Javid said the operation would protect human life, as well as borders.

Mr Javid met Border Force officials earlier after agreeing a joint action plan with France.

Twelve migrants were found on the Kent coast on Monday, bringing the total number of people to have reached the UK by boat since November to 239.

The home secretary said around 230 people tried to cross the Channel in December, but half of them were “disrupted” by French officials and did not leave France.

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