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Fifteen Iranian migrants were found making the 21-mile journey across the English Channel today, just hours after a family of seven were picked up.
At 9am and 12pm two boats carrying a total of 15 Iranian men were spotted off the Kent coast.
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Border Force officials transferred 11 men to immigration officials for interview, and arrested four on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK, the Home Office confirmed.
While five were transferred to immigration officials for interview, the sixth man was arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK.
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The group of 15 men, were seen wearing life jackets and covered in blankets as they were brought ashore at Dover Marina from a Border Force cutter this afternoon.
A Border Force spokesman said: 'Border Force have dealt with two incidents involving small boats in the Channel today.
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'At approximately 9am, Border Force was alerted to a small vessel in the Channel.
'HMC Vigilant and coastal patrol vessel (CPV) Speedwell were sent to the scene and nine males were brought to Dover.
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'Six males were transferred to immigration officials for interview. The remaining three males have been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK.
'The investigation is being dealt with by Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigation officers.
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'At approximately 1200, Border Force was alerted to a sighting of a second small vessel off...
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