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Almost 500 asylum seekers reached the UK from France yesterday in a new record for daily crossings.

The record number arrived on 21 boats on calm seas due to yesterday's sunny weather over the Channel.

Almost 500 asylum seekers reached the UK from France yesterday. Picture: Chris Johnson
Almost 500 asylum seekers reached the UK from France yesterday. Picture: Chris Johnson

It is also understood a firing exercise at Hythe ranges had to be stopped after a boat full of people reached a beach nearby.

It is the latest in a long list of crossings this year 2021 which has now seen the number of people making it to pass 10,000.

The Home Office revealed that a total of 482 people made the crossing in total yesterday, upping the previous crossing record of 430 on July 20.

Additionally, a Home Office spokesman said that French authorities had stopped a further 246 people from reaching the UK.

The number came from a total of eight crossings stopped by French boats.

The Ministry of Defence has been approached for comment.

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