'We are all migrants': Dover divided by wave of boat arrivals

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An increase in migrants crossing the Channel by boat has created tension in the area, locals say

On Dover’s Marine Parade an empty boat with its windows smashed lies docked on concrete, a blue police banner still stuck to it. The catamaran is the lasting remnant of a voyage taken by a group of 12 migrants who crashed on to the shore in recent weeks.

Reports say a growing number of migrants are crossing the Channel from France to the UK and arriving in Kent. An estimated 220 people are thought to have attempted the journey in the past six weeks, including 40, in five boats, on Christmas Day and a further 40 since.

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