Drones will track migrants crossing English Channel

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The UK government will use drones to monitor its southern borders for migrants attempting to enter the country illegally, it has been reported.

The announcement follows news that 111 migrants were discovered last week in eight separate incidents.

From Eastbourne in Sussex to Margate, Kent, drones will monitor the English Channel within the next three months.

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There is currently a danger zone flight risk warning in place to ensure that pilots avoid the area, though the CAA add that the 1,200ft restriction on drone height means that this will not affect commercial flights.

The Home Office has not commented on who will fly the drones, nor on who will be the provider.

It did confirm that they will be based at Lydd Airport in Kent.

This comes after news in June that the French government were considering a similar approach to tackle human trafficking gangs. Read more below:

Tags : English ChannelKentmigrantsSussexUK government
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