Thirteen migrants including children intercepted in English Channel

Migrants from Iran, Egypt and Iraq were handed to Home Office

DOVER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Uk Border Force boats patrol Dover Harbour as British immigration minister Caroline Nokes visits Uk Border force staff at Dover Marina on December 29, 2018 in Dover, England. The growing number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel has been declared a "major incident" by UK home secretary Sajid Javid. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Thirteen migrants were intercepted in the English Channel at the weekend by the Border Force.

The men, women and children were in a small boat heading towards the British coast before they were picked up by a Border Force cutter and taken to St Margaret’s Bay in Kent.

The migrants said they were from Iran, Egypt and Iraq. They were medically assessed and transferred to immigration officials for interview, the British Home Office said.

In September, the largest number of migrants to be intercepted in the Channel was recorded when 86 men, women and children were picked up in five incidents.

Maritime authorities in northern France say almost 1,500 migrants tried to reach the UK by sea between January and August, a marked increase on the 586 who attempted the crossing in all of 2018.

On October 15, Britain and France agreed on a plan to increase efforts to prevent migrants from trying to cross the Channel in small boats, after two bodies washed up on a French beach.