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Priti Patel says it is up to France to stop refugees crossing Channel

Home secretary reiterates offer to send more police to France after 27 people drown trying to reach UK

It is up to France to stop refugees crossing the Channel in small boats, Priti Patel has said after 27 people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, drowned trying to reach the UK in an inflatable boat.

Making a statement to MPs, the home secretary said that while there was no rapid solution to the issue of people seeking to make the crossing, she had reiterated a UK offer to send more police to France.

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