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Migrants seized on Sussex beach: Five held after crossing the Channel in a rubber dinghy
The men, aged between 18 and 44, have been arrested and handed over to Home Office border officials. Stock image
- Five men arrested for illegal entry into UK in Winchelsea, East Sussex
- Handed over to Home Office officials after arriving on Sunday morning
- All Iranian and between ages of 18 and 24, the Home Office confirmed
Five Iranian migrants have been arrested on a south coast beach after crossing the Channel in an inflatable dinghy.
The men, aged between 18 and 44, have been arrested and handed over to Home Office border officials.
Their boat landed at Pett Level, near Winchelsea in East Sussex – believed to be a new spot for migrants trying to make their way on to UK soil.
It comes days after MPs warned that Britain’s border security was ‘clearly under-resourced’ and called for warships to be drafted in to protect small harbours.
The men were found on Sunday morning – three of them close to the dinghy and two others nearby.
Stephanie Stone, 29, landlady of The Smuggler Inn in Pett Level, said last night: ‘I saw the police down here on Sunday morning and wondered what was happening.
‘There was a lifeboat crew as well and they told me that five migrants had been picked up on a dinghy on the beach.’