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Border Force intercept another 185 migrants in nine Channel crossings


Almost 200 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials as they crossed the English Channel on Saturday - with the total number so far this year surpassing 2,200.

These latest arrivals mean that the total number to make the crossing this year is now 2,293 - including 223 in January, 308 in February, 831 in March and 746 in April. 

It comes as French authorities prevented at least three events involving 40 migrants on Saturday.

Two Italian ports also faced an influx of hundreds of migrants after a charity ship sailed toward a Sicilian port with 236 people rescued in the Mediterranean from traffickers' boats with a further 532 being rescued by the Italian coastguard.