Police are looking for child migrants by the roadside after boats have landed on beaches in Kent

Police and border forces were today stretched after a series of migrant landings across the Kent coast.

The rupture in unpleasant weather meant that human traffickers saw the possibility of restarting dinghies across the canal.

They managed to escape the French authorities without any problems and started arriving at first light on Friday morning.

Kent police said they were called to help the border force just after 1 p.m. 9 after being warned of suspected migrants who had managed to get to residential roads in Kingsdown.

Officers were later seen searching for children next to the road after they and adults were found on a road 500 feet from Walmer Beach.

And in the afternoon, about 40 migrants landed at St Margaret’s Beach.

A group of migrants after landing on the beach today in perfect weather conditions at St Margaret's Bay near Dover, Kent.

A group of migrants after landing on the beach today in perfect weather conditions at St Margaret’s Bay near Dover, Kent.

A lone woman was left on the beach to fend for herself after dozens of male migrants fled when they landed on the coast

A lone woman was left on the beach to fend for herself after dozens of male migrants fled when they landed on the coast

These three children were searched on Liverpool Road 500 meters from Walmer Beach earlier today after reports of migrants

These three children were searched on Liverpool Road 500 meters from Walmer Beach earlier today after reports of migrants

The men fled as soon as they hit land, leaving the only female resident behind to be captured by officials, one of whom could be seen comforting her.

Home Office staff say 89 people from five different boats were intercepted on Thursday, while French authorities stopped another five boats that prevented 99 people from reaching Britain.

More are expected during the day with boats already arriving this morning as human traffickers benefit from warmer weather and calm seas.

They are the first to make the treacherous passage since September 22 due to bad weather in the English Channel.

Groups of at least eight in orange life jackets were today seen climbing ashore on the Border Force boat in Dover Harbor.

The migrants were caught by officials almost immediately and sat on the ground waiting to be taken to a center this morning

The migrants were caught by officials almost immediately and sat on the ground waiting to be taken to a center this morning

A police officer was on the scene in St Margaret's Bay and was processing the numbers that came ashore after crossing the sea

A police officer was on the scene in St Margaret’s Bay and was processing the numbers that came ashore after crossing the sea

Police appeared to have gone to the scene near Walmer Beach following reports from the public about suspected migrants

Police appeared to have gone to the scene near Walmer Beach following reports from the public about suspected migrants

An officer appeared to be checking a young girl's boots when they found them next to the road near the beach

An officer appeared to be checking a young girl’s boots when they found them next to the road near the beach

French police say they also prevented several migrants from crossing overnight, seizing boats and making arrests.

Dan O’Mahoney, Commander of the Secret Channel Threat of the Border Force, said: ‘The government is determined to tackle the unacceptable increase in dangerous canal crossings using all the tools at our disposal at every stage of the journey.

‘In collaboration with police and international partners, there have been almost 300 arrests this year, 65 convictions related to small boat crime, and our targeted efforts have prevented more than 13,500 migrant attempts.

‘But this is a complicated issue that requires changes to our laws. The government’s new plan for immigration provides a long-term solution to repair the broken system and provide the change needed to tackle criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life. ‘

It happens after September was the busiest month ever, with Dover receiving four times the amount of migrants compared to September 2020.

A group of people believed to be migrants are being led into Dover, Kent, by Border Patrol officers after their boat is found

A group of people believed to be migrants are being led into Dover, Kent, by Border Patrol officers after their boat is found

An extremely young child is carried ashore after a boat she was on was rescued by border forces in the water

An extremely young child is carried ashore after a boat she was on was rescued by border forces in the water

Two young children and a woman believed to be their mother were among migrants brought to the Kent coasts

Two young children and a woman believed to be their mother were among migrants brought to the Kent coasts

The children's father was seen among the group as officials intercepted their boat in the canal earlier today

The children’s father was seen among the group as officials intercepted their boat in the canal earlier today

Official home office statistics showed that more than 3,872 people arrived in 113 incidents last month – breaking the 3,509 who made the dangerous journey in 117 boats in July.

And officers have now detained at least 17,228 migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats so far this year, more than double the record number who made the treacherous crossing throughout 2020.

In 2020, a total of 8,410 were detained in small boat incidents.

This comes a few days after Interior Minister Priti Patel at the Conservative Party’s conference pledged to reduce the number of channel crossings.

She said: ‘The shocking images of people crammed into flimsy boats, exploited by human traffickers, evil criminals, marked by ruthlessness and greed that even threatened to drown small children just to pocket their pockets.

‘This can not go on, that’s why we are going after the criminals behind this dangerous trade in human trafficking.’

A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘We assisted the Border Force after a report of suspected migrants seen near Undercliffe Road, Kingsdown at. 9.15 Friday 8 October 2021. ‘

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