67 people cross the Channel on Christmas Day

British authorities brought in 67 people trying to cross the Channel on Christmas Day.

Border forces officers took a group of people to Dover, Kent in the early hours of Saturday following an incident involving two small boats.

French authorities also intercepted a boat the same day. It is not known how many people were on the third boat.

People crossed the Channel on Christmas Day (Gareth Fuller / PA)

Justice and Anti-Illegal Migration Minister Tom Pursglove said people should not try to cross the Channel, but should instead seek asylum in the first safe country they reach.

He said the government was reforming its approach to people crossing the Channel through the Nationality and Borders Bill.

“The public has been asking for reforms for two decades and this is what this government is offering through our new immigration plan,” he said.

“The Nationality and Borders Bill will make it a criminal offense to knowingly enter the UK illegally and introduce life sentences for those who facilitate illegal entry into the country.

Incidents crossing the Channel by migrants
French authorities also stopped a boat in the English Channel (Gareth Fuller / PA)

“It will also strengthen the powers of the Border Force to stop and redirect ships, while introducing new powers to return asylum seekers to have their claims processed outside the UK.”

Images taken by the PA News Agency show UK agencies bringing the group of people in shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.

They were huddled in white blankets and wore blue surgical masks.

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