More than 50 migrants intercepted off Kent coast last weekend

Dozens of what appear to be illegal migrants were caught by attempting to get to Britain on boats over the weekend.

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52 people in total were intercepted, many saying that they were from Iran and Iraq.

One boat, intercepted by a Border Force cutter, is said to have had 19 people on board.

The Home Office have said: “Anyone crossing the Channel in a small boat is taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of their children.

“It is an established principle that those in need of protection should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach, and since January more than 25 people who arrived illegally in the UK in small boats have been returned to Europe.”

Migrants have been found coming across on dinghies in larger numbers since last year.

At the time local MP Charlie Elphicke said: “The Home Office say they have stepped up patrols in the South East, yet clearly not enough is being done.

“The numbers we are seeing are unprecedented and deeply concerning.”

Tough action is clearly needed. Anyone trying to get to Britain illegally must not be allowed to stay.