Kent

Channel migrants: 79 people arrive in five boats

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Image caption A dinghy was found abandoned on a beach in Kingsdown, Kent

Seventy-nine migrants have crossed the Channel in five small boats.

Three boats, carrying 48 people, were met by Border Force officials off Kent, while 11 people were rescued from a fourth vessel by the RNLI.

A fifth dinghy was found abandoned on the beach in Kingsdown and 20 people were detained by police and Home Office officials.

It is believed to be the second-highest number to cross the Channel in a single day, with 86 arriving on 10 September.

More than 1,700 migrants have crossed the Channel in small boats this year.

Image caption Lifejackets were also found in Kingsdown

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