A record 482 migrants crossed the English Channel on Wednesday, the Home Office has said.

UK authorities dealt with 21 boats, while their French counterparts intercepted another 246 people in eight vessels before they could get to Britain.

The Border Force and RNLI helped bring the migrants ashore.

Sky News witnessed groups being brought ashore at Dungeness and Dover and filmed boats being intercepted at sea. Other small vessels successfully made it ashore.

It beat the previous record set on 19 July, when .

More than 10,000 people have now crossed the Channel on small boats this year, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

It is more than the whole of 2020 when 8,417 crossed, according to PA. That total was quadruple that of 2019.

By editor2