The Port of Dover on England’s southern coast is just over 20 miles (33km) from the French coast [Peter Nicholls/Reuters]

Some 69 migrants – including 10 children – were found trying to cross the English Channel early on Tuesday morning.

While air temperatures hovered around 8C (46F) in Dover, five small boats were intercepted by Border Force as they made their way towards the United Kingdom.

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The 69 people presented themselves as Iranian, Iraqi and Uzbek nationals, the Home Office said, adding that it is working closely with French authorities and that patrols on French beaches have been doubled.

From the archives: Meeting France’s UK-bound migrants

In the first incident on Tuesday, at about 12.45am

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