Suspected Iranian migrants found on Kent coast after crossing channel in inflatable boat

Author:Zamira Rahim

Nine people, thought to be migrants from Iran, have been found along the coast at Folkestone after arriving in the UK in an inflatable boat.

Kent Police said they were called at 6.54am on Sunday to reports of concerns for people in a boat just off the coast of Dover.

The Home Office confirmed that the Border Force responded and found the group in a small vessel which had landed close to Folkestone Harbour.

They were brought to Dover with the help of the coastguard

“All of these individuals will now be processed in line with the immigration rules,” said a Home Office spokesperson.

Authorities have responded to a number of similar groups arriving at the Dover Coast in the last week

On Wednesday, three boats with people thought to be migrants on board were picked up by the coastguard.

A total of seven men, one woman and a toddler from Iran were on board one boat and were stopped by officials at around 5am.

Another vessel, containing 10 Iranian men, was found off the Kent coast at 9.15am.

Shortly after 2pm, a third boat carrying five people was met by a merchant vessel near Ramsgate.

Fourteen men and three minors – all Iranian – were also stopped at Dover Harbour on Tuesday after trying to make their way into the country on board a fishing boat.