More than 1,400 people crossed the Channel on small boats this week with more boats spotted

Those picked up in the Channel, included one migrant found paddling across on a kayak.

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A total of 1,463 people crossed the English Channel in small boats so far this week, GB News can reveal.

Latest official figures on Channel migrant arrivals, reveal 288 people were taken to Dover on Friday after being pulled off five small inflatables.

Those picked up in the Channel, included one migrant found paddling across on a kayak.

Officials believe he set off during the night on Thursday and was finally spotted at around 9am on Friday, just five miles off Dover.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, following a small boat incident in the Channel.
A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, following a small boat incident in the Channel.

He was taken to the Border Force processing centre at Dover harbour for medical and other checks.

On Thursday, 388 people were taken to Dover after they crossed the Channel in eight small boats.

The processing centre at Dover harbour only reopened again on Thursday, after being closed for 12 days because of border travel disruption at Dover.

For almost a fortnight, those arriving in UK waters were taken to Ramsgate harbour instead.

They included a record 696 people who arrived last Monday, the largest number to cross on a single day so far this year.

This morning, 91 people were taken to Dover on board three Border Force vessels, the Catamarans Ranger, Typhoon and Defender.

They were discovered in UK waters on three small boats around 6am this morning.

The total number of people found on small boats this week is likely to be well in excess of 1,500 by the end of today.

GB News's Kent based producer said UK authorities were currently responding to several other small boat sightings in the Channel, including one off Dungeness.

Numbers painted on the side of the small boats towed into Dover harbour show that at least 482 inflatables have made the crossing so far this year.