A French Navy warship reportedly escorted a boat full of migrants across the English Channel today, as more than 100 arrivals were intercepted in 11 small boats in greater numbers to attempt the crossing this month.

There is a significant border force presence in the English Channel, with Cutter Seeker involved in overseeing a French warship as it escorted an inflatable dinghy through part of the 20-mile strait.

The groups, mostly from Africa, were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while 12 other migrants reportedly landed on a beach at Dungeness on Romney Marsh.

It comes after 27 more migrants were detained yesterday in a large rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), and French authorities carried out two interceptions at sea involving 25 people.

The French also prevented eight other people from leaving the beaches around Calais to make the crossing yesterday.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage criticized France’s tactics today, telling MailOnline: ‘This has been going on for a very, very long time. It is simply outrageous. This is one of the things that makes the British public very, very angry.

Dan O’Mahoney, Underground Chain Threat Commander for the Border Force, said: ‘These crossings are facilitated by callous criminals who are smuggling people out of safe EU countries and putting more pressure on our broken asylum system – delaying or denying support to those who really need it.

“We are committed to fixing the asylum system, to preventing those who do not have the right to be in the UK from coming here. The new system will be fairer and stronger and show compassion to those who need our help, welcoming people through safe and legal channels.

Border force officials bring group of migrants to Dover port after being intercepted in the English Channel

The mostly African groups were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while 12 other migrants reportedly landed on a beach at Dungeness on Romney Marsh.

The mostly African groups were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while 12 other migrants reportedly landed on a beach at Dungeness on Romney Marsh.

More than 100 migrants were intercepted while trying to cross the English Channel aboard 11 small boats today, which is considered the highest number of crossing attempts so far this month.

More than 100 migrants were intercepted while trying to cross the English Channel aboard 11 small boats today, which is considered the highest number of crossing attempts so far this month.

The mostly African groups were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while 12 other migrants reportedly landed on a beach at Dungeness on Romney Marsh.

The mostly African groups were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while 12 other migrants reportedly landed on a beach at Dungeness on Romney Marsh.

Border force officials bring group of migrants to Dover port after being intercepted in the English Channel

Border force officials bring group of migrants to Dover port after being intercepted in the English Channel

Pro-migrant protesters outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone gathered to show support for welcoming migrants

Pro-migrant protesters outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone gathered to show support for welcoming migrants

“We are working closely with the French, who have today prevented 33 people from making these crossings.”

So far this year, a record 7,200 migrants have reached UK shores aboard small boats, up from around 1,850 in 2019. In September alone, 1,954 have crossed the Channel in small boats.

The last big arrival came in the last week of September, as traffickers escorting migrants to England from Dunkirk. Photos showed migrants boarding from Gravelines beach.

At least 27 boats were brought into Dover Marina after a few days of relative calm due to high seas on the world’s busiest shipping lane.

Meanwhile, more than 100 local residents have gathered outside a Kent military barracks where migrants are staying to welcome their ‘new neighbors’.

The Napier Barracks in Folkestone has been converted to accommodate around 400 asylum seekers, many of whom have crossed the Channel by boat.

The Home Office confirmed on Saturday that a person who lived in Napier Barracks had tested positive for Covid-19. The unidentified person has been moved away from the military site.

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: ‘The safety and well-being of asylum seekers and the local communities in which they live is of the utmost importance, and we have put measures in place strong to deal with any case of coronavirus in our emergency rooms. ”

Police intervene and evacuate a man during a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where pro-migrant supporters have gathered to welcome migrants to the area

Police intervene and evacuate a man during a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where pro-migrant supporters have gathered to welcome migrants to the area

Police intervene and evacuate a man during a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where pro-migrant supporters have gathered to welcome migrants to the area.  The barracks have been converted to accommodate 400 asylum seekers

Police intervene and evacuate a man during a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where pro-migrant supporters have gathered to welcome migrants to the area. The barracks have been converted to accommodate 400 asylum seekers

Police intervene and evacuate a man during a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where pro-migrant supporters have gathered to welcome migrants to the area.  The barracks have been converted to accommodate 400 asylum seekers

Police intervene and evacuate a man during a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where pro-migrant supporters have gathered to welcome migrants to the area. The barracks have been converted to accommodate 400 asylum seekers

Police intervene and evacuate a man during a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where pro-migrant supporters have gathered to welcome migrants to the area

Police intervene and evacuate a man during a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where pro-migrant supporters have gathered to welcome migrants to the area

Dozens of supporters gathered at the barracks today to welcome asylum seekers who have arrived in recent weeks. Many carried signs with messages of solidarity in English and Arabic.

Groups of well-wishers shouted through the holes within the site boundary and waved to those inside, many of whom responded. There were bursts of applause and cheers in the festive atmosphere.

Bridget Chapman, a migrant charity worker, from the Kent Refugee Action Network, told the PA news agency: “This is a truly fantastic and inspiring collection of local community groups and national refugee support groups.

“ There is a story that has been put forward by a group of people that these other human beings are not wanted in Folkestone and we know they are not. ”

There are reports that counter-demonstrators will also gather in the region. A large police presence has been deployed outside the barracks and in the surrounding area.

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