Police are searching for dozens of migrants who managed to enter the UK in Dover on Monday unnoticed. According to reports, around 80 migrants landed in two flimsy dinghies on a beach in Dover yesterday morning. The boats were left abandoned and later washed up on the beach along with discarded life jackets that had been worn by the migrants.
Police and Border Force officers tracked down and detained more than 50 migrants but about 30 were still reported missing yesterday.
A resident in Aycliffe, a village near Dover, posted on a community forum page that a young migrant had broken into a home and was demanding to use a phone.
The migrant was said to have wanted transport to Manchester or London.
The post on Aycliffe Community Forum read: “A young lad off a boat has made his way into a resident’s home this morning and demanded her phones and wanted transport to Manchester or London. He has been detained by the police please remain vigilant and keep doors and windows locked to stay safe.”
There was no suggestion the migrant, who was later detained by the police, was violent.
Police confirmed that a man was reported to have made a request to use a phone at a property.
They said he had not committed any offences and was being dealt with by immigration officials.
Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover, said she was “very concerned” that the illegal migrants arriving at Dover had not been intercepted and that one had managed to seemingly entere a resident’s home. She has raised the issue with Kent police and Grant Shapps, the home secretary.
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The Royal Navy took over operational control of Channel crossings in April.
The move was designed to ensure that every small boat crossing was intercepted and no “uncontrolled” landings took place.
More than 37,000 migrants have managed to cross the Channel this year, including over 10,000 since September.
Home Office officials believe the number could be as high as 60,000 by the end of the year.