THE drama off Sovereign Harbour with the 30 migrants was one of six similar incidents yesterday.

It has been revealed that there were six incidents involving a total of 103 migrants along the coast yesterday.

A new command centre aimed at catching people smugglers ferrying migrants across the English Channel has been set up by Priti Patel.  

The high-tech centre, which will be situated at a secret location in Dover, Kent, will see the British authorities collaborate with law enforcement in Calais to carry out increased air, land and sea surveillance.

The move comes after the Home Secretary signed a new deal with France at the end of November that pledged to double patrols along a 90-mile stretch of French coastline in an effort to detect people smuggling gangs.   

The command headquarters will be lead by the government’s small boats commander Dan O’Mahoney who was appointed to collaborate with the French to tackle Channel crossings in August last year.