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Officers on jet skis will force migrant boats to turn back in the Channel

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Border Force officers trained on jet skis yesterday for "turnaround" tactics in the Channel after migrant crossings hit a weekly record.

During the drill three jet skis sped towards a dinghy, which was blocked from moving forwards. Under plans sanctioned by Priti Patel, the home secretary, Border Force vessels, including jet skis, would stop migrant boats entering British waters.

Training for the tactics, filmed by Sky News, is to be completed by the end of the month and they could be used in the Channel by the end of the year.

Border Force officers were filmed training on jet skis in the Channel

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Home Office figures show that 1,959 migrants reached the UK after crossing the Channel in small boats from France in the week to September 10. There were no crossings on Saturday but another

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