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Nine suspected migrants 'on rocks at Folkestone'

By Sam Lennon

Nine suspected migrants were found clambering up rocks after landing in a small boat.

They were seen in Folkestone this morning, according to unconfirmed reports.

It is believed that they called police to say they were in trouble at 7.30am today and had been spotted by a member of the public.

General view of Folkestone, its harbour area.
General view of Folkestone, its harbour area.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police were called at 6.54am on Sunday ,18 November, to reports of concerns around a number of people in an inflatable boat off the coast of Dover.

The incident is being dealt with the Border Force, assisted by HM Coastguard."

There were five known cases of migrant arrives to the east Kent coast this week, all the others being in Dover.

This involved 50 people and there was another case, involving seven people, at Dover overnight on November 8 and 9.

That made it a total six known incidents, involving 57 people, between Thursday, November 8 and last Friday.

Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins said: "It is good that they have been found and picked up but it is very concerning that it is happening."

The recent series of incidents underlined the importance of maintaining strong border controls, he added.

Kent Online has put in enquiries to the coastguards and the Home Office for confirmation and further deals of this latest report.

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