Kent

Man in court over Dungeness beach dinghy migrants

Empty boat in Dungeness
Image caption The empty boat found on a Kent beach contained six life jackets

A man has appeared in court after eight migrants were found following the discovery of an empty dinghy on a Kent beach.

The boat was found on the shore in Dungeness at around 08:00 GMT on Monday.

Seven men were detained by Border Force officers and another was taken to hospital for treatment.

Mohsen Mohamadi-Abd, 36, from Southall, West London, is next due to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on 6 February.

He was charged with facilitating illegal entry into the UK and remanded in custody when he appeared at Medway Magistrate's Court via videolink.

The BBC understands one group of migrants was discovered by Border Force on a road near the beach in Dungeness, while three were detained three miles away in Lydd.

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