CHANNEL migrants are helped ashore as a row brews over millions of pounds spent chartering boats to rescue them.

Vessels carrying up to 100 people have been hired by the Home Office at a cost of £2.5million, government contracts reveal.

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Louis Wood News Group NewspapersVessels carrying up to 100 people have been hired by Priti Patel’s Home Office at a cost of £2.5million[/caption]

Private operator Aeolian Offshore signed a £1.97million deal to provide three boats for six months, working out of Ramsgate, Kent.

A further £564,000 was handed to CWind for several months’ boat hire.

Last night critics said the spending showed the threat of Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Rwanda deportations policy have failed.

A record 25,000 migrants have crossed from France this year.

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Shadow Home Office minister Stephen Kinnock said: “The government’s management of our borders has been shockingly incompetent.”

The Home Office said: “We’ll always ensure Border Force have the resources.”


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