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Channel crossings: Body of teenage migrant found on French beach



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The number of children crossing the Channel in dinghies has risen

A 16-year-old boy from Sudan who disappeared at sea has been found dead on a French beach.

French minister Marlene Schiappa said the boy’s body was found on a beach in Sangatte, Calais, on Wednesday.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said the death of the young migrant was a “brutal reminder” that people smugglers exploit the vulnerable.

The Home Office would not confirm whether the boy was trying to reach the UK.

More than 4,800 people have crossed the Channel in about 360 small boats this year.

Clare Moseley, of refugee charity Care4Calais, said she was “absolutely devastated by the unnecessary death of this child”.

“We can only imagine the fear he felt and our hearts go out to his family,” she said.

Ms Moseley said the boys they support in Calais were “fun to be with despite the horrors they have been through.”

“Some are cheeky, some are smart, some like football, some like books,” she added. “None deserve to be here and none deserve to die alone in the sea.”

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