Group of suspected migrants 'detained' on Kent beach

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On Christmas Day, 40 people in five separate groups reached British shores after a journey by boat across the English Channel.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet: "We have a duty to reach out the hand of humanity, support and friendship to people who are in danger and seeking a place of safety".

Border Force officials were called at 7.30am and detained the men who were handed over to be processed by immigration officers after receiving a medial assessment.

Ahead of Mr Javid's cross-government meeting, the NCA warned that more "highly dangerous" attempts by migrants to reach the United Kingdom are likely - and said tackling organised criminal gangs is an "operational priority".

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott accused Mr Javid of exploiting the problem.

The latest group to make it across the Channel landed on the beach in Lydd-on-Sea at 6am - just hours before the home secretary arrived for talks with government officials about how to prevent more migrant crossings from France.

Mr Javid is due to hold a crisis meeting with senior Whitehall officials, Border Force and the National Crime Agency.

The number of British citizens applying for Irish passports rose by 22 percent in 2018, Ireland's foreign office said on Monday, more than doubling the total of annual applications since Britain voted to leave the European Union.

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Mr Elphicke said: "I welcome the Home Secretary taking personal responsibility for the situation".

"Moreover, we can not simply leave it to the French. Illegal crossings have now been on the increase for more than two months and more needs to be done as a matter of urgency".

Some MPs - including Conservative backbenchers - have criticised a lack of detail, as well as calling for more Border Force patrol boats to be deployed.

It came after 12 suspected migrants were intercepted off the Kent coast in two vessels.

Davey said the Lib Dems want more investment in a Stronger Border force to tackle criminal gangs trafficking people, drugs and weapons and undo the "damage done by Theresa May's cuts to Britain security".

He said that over the last three weeks French colleagues have recovered at least 95 migrants including nine children, and arrested seven people caught attempting to facilitate these crossings.

He spoke by phone on Sunday with French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who said they had agreed to "strengthen our actions to combat Channel crossings undertaken by certain irregular migrants on small boats, at peril of their lives".

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