Published: 13:27, 11 September 2020
| Updated: 16:47, 11 September 2020
Calm conditions across the Channel appear to have promoted a recurrence in people seeking asylum as dozens are spotted.
A group of up to 40 people, including children, wrapped in blankets and wearing lifejackets have been seen being brought into the Port of Dover this morning.
They were then seen being escorted up the gangway to the harbourside, where they will be processed by immigration officials.
There have also been reports of up to 30 arriving in one boat at St Margaret's Bay.
Meanwhile, a Border Force rib was seen towing four dinghies into the harbour.
It's understood more vessels believed to be carrying people remain in the Channel and are being monitored by the Coastguard.
The RNLI, the Border Force cutter seeker and French patrol forces are also participating in rescues.
'We are working with our French counterparts to pursue these heartless criminals and make this route completely unviable...'
The new incidents come after a lull in people attempting the dangerous crossing and is thought the low winds and spots of sunshine are behind the spike.
Earlier in the month, as many as 100 people were making the crossing in a day.
The Home Office is preparing information on today's incidents but confirmed only one yesterday, involving 17 people.
Clandestine Channel threat commander, Dan O’Mahoney, said: “These crossings are facilitated by criminals who risk people’s lives for money.
"These migrants are leaving France which is a safe country, where those seeking refuge can and should claim asylum, rather than attempting these perilous crossings to the UK.
“We are working with our French counterparts to pursue these heartless criminals and make this route completely unviable, and continue to return those who do not have a legitimate asylum claim in the UK.”
The latest arrivals come despite Home Secretary Priti Patel’s vow to make the route “unviable”, and the continued row between the Home Office and the legal profession on how to tackle the crossings.