Almost 500 asylum seekers reached the UK from France yesterday in a new record for daily crossings.
The record number arrived on 21 boats on calm seas due to yesterday’s sunny weather over the channel.
The Home Office revealed that a total of 482 people made the crossing in total yesterday, upping the previous crossing record of 430 on July 20.
It is the latest in a long list of increasing record crossings in 2021, which has now seen the number of people making the crossing pass 10,000 in total.
Additionally, a Home Office spokesman said that French authorities had stopped a further 246 people from reaching the UK.
The number came from a total of eight crossings stopped by French boats.
This comes amid unconfirmed reports that a firing exercise at Hythe ranges had to be stopped after a boat full of people reached a beach nearby.
The Ministry of Defence has been approached for comment.
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