And still they come… Migrants land in Dover this morning after crossing Channel overnight

A group of migrants have landed in Dover on Thursday morning, just hours after the deadliest Channel crossing killed 27 people. 

Pictures show the RNLI helping men, women and children ashore in Kent. 

Despite the appalling conditions on the English Channel, British officials intercepted two small boats with around 40 people on board.

They were brought into the harbour at Dover, Kent by lifeboat around 5am in cold, wet and windy conditions.

Migrants land in Dover this morning after crossing Channel overnight

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One group, mainly Middle Eastern men, could be seen with maroon-coloured blankets wrapped around them as they tried to keep warm.

One group of mainly Middle Eastern men were wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets.

They were seen huddled together on board an RNLI lifeboat before disembarking in Dover on Thursday morning, just a day after a dinghy capsized off the coast of Calais, causing the loss of dozens of lives.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent

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Migrants are brought ashore by officials after crossing the channel in the middle of the night

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More people cross following a small boat incident in the Channel after 27 people died yesterday in the worst-recorded migrant tragedy in the Channel

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Meanwhile, in France a large group of migrants were detained after they were removed from buses and trains in Calais.

A large cordon has been put in place and officers are questioning a number of people. 

All vehicles going into the area are also being search in new measures to try to stop the migrants from making the deadly journey.

Migrants clad in lifejackets are detained by officers in Calais

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French interior minister Gerald Darmanin said the loss of 27 lives was an "absolute tragedy" as he blamed human trafficking gangs who promised people the "El Dorado of England" for a large fee.

Boris Johnson called on France to agree to joint police patrols along the French Channel coast, while French politicians pointed the finger at UK authorities for failing to tackle the issue.

The Prime Minister spoke to President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday evening in the wake of the worst incident of its kind in the Channel since the current migrant crisis began.

Downing Street said they had agreed to "keep all options on the table" in their efforts to break up the human trafficking gangs responsible for putting desperate people at risk in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.

And Mr Darmanin told French radio network RTL that the smugglers are "criminals, people who exploit the misery of others, of women and children – there were pregnant women, children who died yesterday on that boat… and for a few thousand euros they promise them ‘El Dorado in England’.

"And, sadly, this has been repeated every day for the last 20 years."

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