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Channel migrants: 'Record number' of boats and 74 people intercepted
More than 70 people were intercepted in one day as they crossed the English Channel on eight boats, the government has confirmed.
HM Coastguard assisted UK Border Force off the south coast, as a total of 74 migrants tried to reach the UK.
Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke, said it was "a record number of boats in a single day".
"[This] is deeply concerning and I'm receiving regular updates," Home Secretary Sajid Javid said.
"Those who choose to make this dangerous journey across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world are putting their lives in grave danger - and I will continue to do all I can to stop them."
Last month, 140 migrants were picked up - the highest number since December, when a "major incident" was declared by Mr Javid.