More than 1,000 migrants reach UK in two days as good weather sees Channel crossings resume

More than 1,000 migrants arrived in Britain over two days this weekend as good weather saw the return of small boat crossings.

After 10 days in which no crossings were made because of bad conditions, at least 40 boats managed to reach Britain on Friday and Saturday. Since the start of the year, more than 18,000 people have reached the UK in small boats.

A flurry of crossings on Friday saw 624 people arrive in Britain – the fourth highest daily tally on record during the current wave of arrivals. Crossings continued on Saturday with at least 491 people, including children, arriving in Britain.

The figures were confirmed by the Home Office on Sunday morning as the Border Force was once again active in the Channel.

More people were seen arriving in Dover on Sunday as crossings continued for a third successive day. A young girl wearing a pink jacket was seen being helped to put on a woolly hat by a border official in the Kent port.

Thousands of people have continued to cross from France this year despite the UK pledging to send millions of pounds to the French authorities to tackle the situation.

Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, said Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, "needs to come clean" over her strategy to tackle small boat crossings.

He told Sky News the fact that more than 1,100 people had crossed to the UK across Friday and Saturday showed that withholding money from France "clearly isn’t working".

Dan O’Mahoney, the Clandestine Channel Threat Commander for the Home Office, said: "The Government is determined to tackle the unacceptable rise in dangerous Channel crossings using every tool at our disposal at every stage in the journey.

"Working with police and international partners, there have been nearly 300 arrests, 65 convictions related to small boat criminality, and our targeted efforts have prevented more than 13,500 migrant attempts so far this year.

"But this is a complicated issue requiring changes to our laws. The Government’s New Plan for Immigration provides a long-term solution to fix the broken system and deliver the change required to tackle criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life."

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