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People smugglers packing more migrants on military-style inflatable boats to beat shortage of dinghies


PEOPLE smugglers are packing more migrants on military-style inflatable boats to beat a shortage of smaller dinghies.

The crooks are cramming dozens on to the larger, 10m vessels to rake in more cash.

A group of migrants crossing the Channel in a dinghy

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A group of migrants crossing the Channel in a dinghyCredit: PA

Home Office insiders say the use of bigger boats explains why numbers arriving this year have soared even as illegal Channel crossings remain steady. Around four boats make the treacherous trip each day with passengers charged up to £5,000.

Record numbers of migrants are expected to cross the Channel this year, with the total so far already well over 5,000.

Last year, 8,000 made the dangerous crossing. 

A Home Office insider told The Sun: “Shops near the French coast have stopped selling smaller dinghies, but the smugglers have just gone further inland to get them. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has launched a crackdown on illegal crossings

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Home Secretary Priti Patel has launched a crackdown on illegal crossingsCredit: Reuters

“And instead of smaller pleasure craft, they’ve got military-style ribs you’d expect the SAS to use. Rather than put on a pack of five, we have seen cases of over 30 people crammed on.” 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has pledged new laws to crack down on illegal crossings.

She said those caught landing on Britain’s beaches could be “boomeranged” back within 24 hours.

TikTok shows migrants crossing the channel after Priti Patel orders social media giants to scrap posts glamourising risking the crossings





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