Dover camera that spots migrants 20 miles away on French beaches tested to end Channel crisis

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A CAMERA which can spot people on French beaches more than 20 miles away is being tested to help end the Channel migrant crisis.

The thermal-imaging kit will let Border Force officials scan the coast of Calais from the cliffs of Dover.

Migrants crossing the Channel on a dinghy on Christmas Day 2018
Migrants crossing the Channel on a dinghy on Christmas Day 2018
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The camera can pick out dinghies or small boats, night or day and in any weather.

It would help alert French police and coastguard to migrants as soon as they begin the dangerous crossing so they can be picked up long before they approach British waters.

More than 950 have arrived in small boats since November.

But the Home Office might still balk at the £1million cost of the cameras.


A spokesman would only say: “Anyone crossing the Channel illegally is putting their life in danger, which is why the UK is working side by side with France to tackle the issue.”

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