MORE migrant men, women and children were picked up crossing the Channel yesterday as they risked their lives in bad weather.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The British public should be in no doubt of our determination to stop these dangerous crossings from safe EU countries — and take down the evil criminal gangs behind them.
“We are utilising all aspects of Government to tackle this issue and our significant actions are having an impact.
“French authorities have already prevented over 7,500 migrants entering the UK this year – nearly treble the number for the same period in 2020.
“And last week we signed a strengthened agreement to increase police patrols on French beaches, improve surveillance technology and enhance intelligence sharing.
“Since the start of 2020, we have secured more than 65 small boat related prosecutions, totalling over 53 years in jail.”
France yesterday said it had intercepted another 80 migrants.
Officials said the group was made up of 42 men, 18 women, including one pregnant and 20 children.
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