Suspected migrants picked up in channel near Dover

Seven suspected migrants spotted in a boat in the English channel in the early hours have been picked up.

The group, thought to be from Iran, were “intercepted” in a small dinghy off Dover by Border Force officers, the Home Office said.

Assisted by a coastguard crew, who were called out at 02:20 GMT, the group was brought ashore.

Following medical assessments they are due to be interviewed by immigration officials later.

No-one in the group required medical treatment, it was later confirmed.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed earlier: “HM Coastguard is currently assisting Border Force with an incident in the Dover Channel.”

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