Migrants force soldiers to stop firing drill after running onto shooting range

Migrants forced British soldiers to stop a live exercise after they landed a boat and ran onto a shooting range, it was claimed today.

The Ministry of Defence was reportedly forced to suspend the firing drill this morning after the group arrived in a speedboat.

The group of 15 migrants arrived inside a restricted area at Lydd Ranges near Dungeness, Kent and a “check fire” was called, the Telegraph reports.

They dashed onto the site, where a reservist unit of British soldiers had been shooting during the drill.

The vessel is said to have crossed the Channel early this morning.

Police and immigration officials were called to the scene.

Reports say the migrants have since all been found.

According to the Telegraph, the nine-metres long speedboat had a 300bhp engine worth £20,000 and fixed seats.

An Albanian passport is said to have been found on board the boat.

Albanian smuggling gangs are reported to have been involved in the recent illegal crossings by groups of migrants.

The number of migrants travelling into the country on lorries is said to have slowed down in recent months because of coronavirus.

Last month became the busiest month on record for migrant Channel crossings.

Figures show nearly 2,000 crossed the world’s busiest shipping lane and arrived in the UK in September – compared to 1,800 during the whole of 2019.

This year has already seen around 7,000 people travel across the Channel to Britain.

Daily Star Online has contacted the Home Office for comment.

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