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Six boats carrying 159 suspected illegal migrants attempt to cross Channel to the UK       

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Six boats carrying one-hundred and fifty-nine suspected illegal migrants have been found by British authorities as the number of illegal migrants attempting to enter the United Kingdom continues to rise.

The Home Office released Tuesday’s figures and said authorities in France prevented about 30 people making the journey on the same day.

Clandestine Channel Threat Commander Dan O’Mahoney said British authorities were “relentlessly” going after those responsible for the illegal crossings.

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Clandestine channel threat commander, Dan O’Mahoney – Source: Twitter

He said: “We are working side by side with France to increase beach patrols and enhance surveillance to stop the crossings at source, breaking up the ruthless gangs who facilitate this activity, and locking up the people smugglers responsible.

“We are returning migrants who have no right to stay in the UK to safe countries with flights every week and will do whatever we can to make this route unviable.”

Minister for immigration compliance Chris Philp said the crossings were being facilitated by “callous criminals who are breaking our laws by smuggling people illegally across the Channel”.

He said: “We are relentless in our pursuit of these dangerous offenders who are putting lives at risk. In the last two weeks alone five people-smugglers have been jailed, with more investigations underway and more arrests planned.”

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