The longest break for years in Channel boat crossings, which lasted 26 days, ended yesterday as about 140 migrants were brought ashore at Dover by Border Force cutters.
Some 45 arrived before dawn and over the next several hours, despite freezing weather, about 95 more landed, many of them women and children, on two more rescue vessels.
The high number yesterday will raise fears that migrant crossings could surge to their tens of thousands again this year, despite Prime Minister Rishi Sunak‘s pledge to stop the boats.
The 26-day gap with no boat crossings beat the previous record of 25 consecutive days in February to March 2020.
It is also the first time no Channel crossings took place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day for five years.