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Another boatload of migrants has today arrived in Dover after a struggling dinghy was reportedly spotted in the English Channel by a P&O ferry.

The migrant group, believed to be of around 15 people, was seen being guided off a lifeboat at the Kent port town earlier today after making the treacherous journey in poor sea conditions.

Their small boat may have taken on water as waves crashed against it – potentially soaking them and putting them at risk of hypothermia – before the group were rescued around 8.15am. 

It comes after 120 migrants made it to the UK yesterday, amid claims people smugglers in France are urging hundreds to make the dangerous Channel crossing now before ‘closes the door’.

Last Thursday, 202 people in 20 boats arrived in Dover – a single-day record.

The number of migrants arriving today has not yet been confirmed – though pictures appear to show at least one family with small children.

MailOnline has contacted the Home Office for a comment.

Another boatload of migrants has today arrived in Dover after a dinghy was spotted in the English Channel by a P&O ferry

Another boatload of migrants has today arrived in Dover after a dinghy was spotted in the English Channel by a P&O ferry

It is not yet clear how many migrants were brought into Dover today - though pictures appear to show at least one family with small children

It is not yet clear how many migrants were brought into Dover today – though pictures appear to show at least one family with small children

The migrants were seen being guided off a lifeboat at the Kent port town earlier today

The migrants were seen being guided off a lifeboat at the Kent port town earlier today

It comes after 120 migrants made it to the UK yesterday, amid claims people smugglers in France are urging hundreds to make the dangerous Channel crossing now before 'closes the door'. Pictured: A lifeboat brings migrants to shore in Dover today

It comes after 120 migrants made it to the UK yesterday, amid claims people smugglers in France are urging hundreds to make the dangerous Channel crossing now before ‘closes the door’. Pictured: A lifeboat brings migrants to shore in Dover today

Last Thursday, 202 people in 20 boats arrived in Dover - a single-day record. Picture: Migrants, including two young children are led up to shore

Last Thursday, 202 people in 20 boats arrived in Dover – a single-day record. Picture: Migrants, including two young children are led up to shore

On Tuesday, pictures showed men wearing masks and lifejackets being brought into Dover on a Border Force speedboat.

The Home Office confirmed Border Force and partner agencies intercepted eight boats while the Coastguard earlier said it was dealing with ‘multiple incidents’.  

Border Force sent out vessels Seeker and Hunter from Dover to deal with the small boats crossing the busiest shipping lane in the world.

One boat intercepted around 11am was carrying a total of 36 people, including 26 males and 10 females.

The suspected migrants were then seen boarding a coach at the port, supervised by officials in yellow vests.

Numbers of small boats making the perilous journey have spiked in recent weeks during favourable weather.

A search and rescue operation was launched off the coast of Kent today in response to ‘multiple incidents’, the coastguard said.

A spokesperson added: ‘We are committed to safeguarding life around the seas and coastal areas of this country.

‘HM Coastguard is only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities.’

So far this year, at least 3,510 migrants have made the illegal crossing from, compared to around 1,850 in 2019. 

A group of people thought to be migrants being brought into Dover yesterday by Border Force officials. Numbers of small boats making the journey have spiked in recent weeks

A group of people thought to be migrants being brought into Dover yesterday by Border Force officials. Numbers of small boats making the journey have spiked in recent weeks

A Border Force vessel brings a group of men thought to be migrants and wearing face masks into Dover, Kent, following a number of small boat incidents in the Channel yesterday

A Border Force vessel brings a group of men thought to be migrants and wearing face masks into Dover, Kent, following a number of small boat incidents in the Channel yesterday

Border Force officials seen after an estimated 75 migrants arrived at the Kent coastline. Footage shows some of the men being towed ashore at the western docks in Dover

Border Force officials seen after an estimated 75 migrants arrived at the Kent coastline. Footage shows some of the men being towed ashore at the western docks in Dover

On Sunday a former Border Force chief said that a failure by the UK to reach a new agreement with France on how to deal with migrant crossings could lead to numbers reaching ‘crisis’ levels.

Suspected migrants arrested after being found in the back of a lorry in Plymouth 

Seven suspected migrants have been arrested after being found in the back of a lorry at a port in Plymouth. 

Devon and Cornwall Police received a report of the five adults and two teenagers being found at Millbay Docks at 7.15am on Saturday.

They were located in a Mesguen lorry trailer, which is believed to have arrived at the port on Friday.  

A force spokesperson said: ‘The seven persons have been detained and have been assessed by South West Ambulance Service staff and their immediate welfare needs are being addressed.

‘Police are currently liaising with Border Force and the port authorities.

‘Initial inquiries would indicate the trailer arrived on a Brittany Ferries vessel from Roscoff on Friday.’

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Tony Smith said the UK and France need to agree a treaty with a joint patrol whereby migrants picked up in the Channel can be returned to France to have asylum claims considered there.

A Coastguard spokesman earlier said: ‘HM Coastguard is today coordinating search and rescue responses to multiple incidents off Kent, working with Border Force and other partners.’

The Home Office said it is ‘urgently working’ and ‘seeking agreement’ with the French Government to take ‘tougher action’, such as stronger enforcement measures, adopting interceptions at sea and the direct return of boats.

It also confirmed 22 people smugglers have been jailed so far this year, with investigations resulting in 11 arrests last month.

Chris Philp, the Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts, said: ‘France have stopped thousands of migrants this year and made more interceptions today, but the route has not been cut. If the route is cut completely, migrants will have no reason to come to France in the first place.

‘Migrants have no need and no right to leave France which is a safe country with a well-functioning asylum system and attempt to come to the UK by illicit means.

‘We are determined to make this route unviable. We have offered to work with France on safe returns at sea and we will continue work to return anyone who attempts the crossing.

‘We are continuing to go after the heinous criminals and organised crime networks putting people’s lives at risk. Twenty-two people smugglers have been jailed this year and two more were charged last weekend.’

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover by Border Force officials yesterday. It is understood one boat was carrying around 50 people

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover by Border Force officials yesterday. It is understood one boat was carrying around 50 people

One of the small dinghies, pictured. Border Force vessels Seeker and Hunter were active in the Channel yesterday

One of the small dinghies, pictured. Border Force vessels Seeker and Hunter were active in the Channel yesterday

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover yesterday. So far this year, 3,510 refugees have made the illegal crossing from France, compared to around 1,850 in 2019

A video still of suspected migrants being brought into Dover yesterday. So far this year, 3,510 refugees have made the illegal crossing from France, compared to around 1,850 in 2019

The latest life-risking Channel crossings – the second of this month – follow a record-breaking 1,075 refugees who made it to Kent in July.

And they come after a migrant was airlifted to hospital with hypothermia on Sunday after reaching Britain on a small boat.

The Sudanese man was picked up off Ramsgate, Kent, at 10.30am after making the perilous 21-mile journey across the Channel with two others.

He was flown to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford by the Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter – which plucked him from a lifeboat in the sea.

Last Thursday, a single-day record of 202 people in 20 boats landed.

It follows the general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, Lucy Moreton, saying earlier this year that people smugglers and traffickers are using Brexit as a ‘driver’ to encourage people to make the crossing.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme in January: ‘One of the drivers, we’re being told, is that people smugglers and traffickers are telling these folk that after Brexit Britain will close in some way.

‘In practice, of course, this is illegal anyway, and it will be as illegal on 31 January as it is on 1 February. Brexit doesn’t make a difference, but we do know that the criminals are using this to try to drive more business.’

Thursday’s record-breaking day of Channel crossings 

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 12 males and four females who said they were Yemeni, Iranian, Sudanese and Iraqi nationals.

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 14 males who said they were Eritrean and Sudanese nationals.

– At around 3.26am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 17 males and one female who said they were Yemini, Syrian, Palestinian and Iranian nationals.

– At around 4.01am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 11 males and two females who said they were Kuwaiti, Egyptian, Iraqi and Iranian nationals.

– At around 4.50am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of five males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At around 5.20am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of eight males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At around 6.40am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 11 males and six females who said they were Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Iranian nationals.

– At around 8.30am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 12 males who said they were Iraqi and Kuwaiti nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of nine males who said they were Sudanese and Chad nationals.

– At around 8.40am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 14 males and two women who said they were Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Iranian and Indian nationals.

– At around 8.45am, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males and one female who said they were Eritrean, Sudanese, Chad and Egyptian nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four males who said they were Sudanese and Mali nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of three males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of eight males.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of 10 males who said they were Sudanese nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of seven males and seven females who said they were Iraqi nationals.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four Iranian males.

– At around 3.24pm, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of four Sudanese males.

– At an unspecified time, Border Force intercepted a vessel which was carrying a group of six males who said they were Sudanese and Eritrean.

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EU wants each state to take in migrants or pay for their removal in new plans to deal with crisis

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EU countries can pay for migrants to be removed from Europe instead of taking in refugees under new proposals to overhaul the continent’s failing migration policy.

Under the new plan if a country has a huge influx of migrants and believes it cannot take care of them, it can request the activation of the commission’s ‘compulsory solidarity mechanism’.

All states will then be called upon to contribute according to their population numbers and economic strength.

The move is an attempt to create a uniformed policy across the bloc after years of bitter wrangling about the refugee crisis.

But campaigners criticised the plan for appearing to favour hardline Eastern European states.

Ylva Johaansson, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs said: ‘There will be quotas, but you can choose whether you will contribute to your quota via relocation, or return sponsorship or a mix of those.’

A country would take financial and political responsibility for ensuring a number of illegal migrants were returned home and have eight months to do it. But if an EU country fails to return migrants to their country of origin within eight months, it must take them in.

The EU has called for an overhaul of its broken migration system, saying compulsory rules are needed across the bloc to address the crisis after years of division. Pictured a refugee camp in Moria, Lesbos

The EU has called for an overhaul of its broken migration system, saying compulsory rules are needed across the bloc to address the crisis after years of division. Pictured a refugee camp in Moria, Lesbos

Each state would receive 10,000 euros per adult taken in, funded from the bloc’s budget.

The pact, backed by Germany, would need all 27 EU members to sign up to it, with member states agreeing to either take in migrants or take charge of sending back those who are refused asylum. 

Britain will not be subjected to the proposed changes due to its departure from the EU.

It comes after growing concerns about the current situation, with many refugees making dangerous crossings from the Middle East and Africa into countries which are unwilling to house them.

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that the recent fire in the migrant camp on the Greek island Lesbos was ‘a stark reminder’ of the need to act.

‘Migration is complex, the old system to deal with it in Europe no longer works,’ von der Leyen said in a statement to the media as the Commission presented a new proposal.

‘We need to find sustainable solutions on migration,’ she said. ‘Moria is a stark reminder,’ she said of the Lesbos fire.  

Endless rows over where to locate refugees and migrants have caused bad blood between the Mediterranean-shore countries, the reluctant easterners, and the richer northern states where many of the new arrivals aspire to live.

In 2015 more than a million people made it to Europe, overwhelming security and welfare networks, and increasing far-right and anti-EU sentiment.

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that the recent fire in the migrant camp on the Greek island Lesbos was 'a stark reminder' of the need to act

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that the recent fire in the migrant camp on the Greek island Lesbos was ‘a stark reminder’ of the need to act

‘More than 400’ migrants overwhelm UK Border Force on one day

Migrants escorted by unscrupulous people traffickers set sail from Dunkirk at dawn on Tuesday – with an estimated 400 landing in England. 

Photos showed dozens of migrants embarking from Gravelines beach in the twilight and their smugglers scurrying back up the dunes after seeing them off.  

At least 27 boats were brought into the marina in Dover later on Tuesday after a few days of relative quiet due to high seas in the world’s busiest shipping lane. 

It comes amid fears that record numbers of migrants are making the 20-mile dash across the waves before the winter brings rougher seas. 

More than 6,500 migrants have successfully landed so far this year, with September already the busiest month so far, despite there being eight more days to go.   

The current single-day record for migrant crossings is 416, set on September 2.  

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But the bloc’s top migration official said the crisis was over, with the EU now receiving some 1.5 million net new foreigners coming legally to live and work per year, compared to only 140,000 asylum seekers arriving irregularly.

‘We need these people,’ said Swedish EU Home Affairs Commissioner, Ylva Johansson. ‘Managing migration is not about finding a perfect solution but a solution acceptable to all.’

The executive European Commission’s plans to overhaul its defunct system include scratching a rule that the first EU country of arrival be responsible for asylum requests, which put too much burden on Mediterranean nations.

Under the new proposal, those arriving would be assigned to specific countries based on family links, history of education or work, or having a visa issued by a member state.

In the 400-page proposals spanning five different pan-EU laws, Johansson put emphasis on sending back those who fail to win asylum. ‘It’s necessary to have the acceptance of EU citizens to relocate (host) those who have the right to stay to be able to send back those who are not eligible,’ she said. 

The plan, sure to stir up heated disputes, would also aim to open up more legal routes for refugees and migrants, and work more closely with countries hosting and managing people before they reach Europe.

It would also put EU countries with external borders under closer monitoring to ensure they do not violate the law after multiple reports of pushbacks in Hungary, Croatia, Greece or Malta.

Under the plan, people rescued in the sea would have to be relocated in the bloc – rather than sent back – and the Commission recommended that member states do not criminalise charities involved in such rescues.

Despite having German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the driving force behind it, the plan faces an uphill battle

Despite having German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the driving force behind it, the plan faces an uphill battle

At times of regular immigration, all EU states would be obliged to help under the new idea of ‘mandatory solidarity’ by relocating or returning people, or offering material assistance on the ground in arrival countries.

If, however, a country were falling under major pressure, it could seek to activate a crisis mechanism under which its EU peers would be obliged to take people in or send them back.

The complex system would eventually lead to each EU country having to take in some refugees.

Despite having German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the driving force behind it, the plan faces an uphill battle.

The Commission said all elements should be in place from 2023.

Under the plan, people rescued in the sea would have to be relocated in the bloc - rather than sent back

Under the plan, people rescued in the sea would have to be relocated in the bloc – rather than sent back

‘My guess is that I will have zero member states saying it’s a perfect proposal,’ said Johansson. ‘But I do hope that I’ll also have 27 member states saying it’s a balanced approach and let’s work on this… It’s about realising we have a common problem and we have to manage it together.’

After opening Germany’s doors to Syrian refugees back in 2015, Merkel suffered electoral setbacks as the far right surged on anti-immigration sentiment.

But in a sign of the changing mood, German mayors offered this month to take in refugees after an overcrowded camp on the Greek island of Lesbos burnt to the ground. Protesters took to the streets in many German cities chanting ‘We have space!’.

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Body of pregnant woman is found ‘wrapped up’ in Tacoma

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Kassanndra Cantrell (pictured) was found dead on Tuesday nearly a month after she went missing in Washington state

Kassanndra Cantrell (pictured) was found dead on Tuesday nearly a month after she went missing in Washington state 

The body of a pregnant woman has been found ‘wrapped up’ and her ex-boyfriend arrested on a murder charge after a month-long search for her in Washington state. 

Kassanndra Cantrell, 33, vanished in late August after nobody saw or heard from her in two days and she failed to attend a doctor’s appointment despite her pregnancy. 

Her car was found abandoned in Tacoma and detectives searched nearby houses in a desperate four-week hunt, which ended on Tuesday when her remains were found using GPS data from her ex-boyfriend’s truck. 

The ex-boyfriend, 37-year-old Colin Patrick Dudley, was arrested yesterday afternoon and is being held in a Pierce County jail on suspicion of murder. 

Dudley was arrested by a SWAT team from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office after his truck was seized in a search warrant at his home earlier this month. 

Detectives spotted the truck and identified its license plate in surveillance footage which showed him walking from Cantrell’s car to a nearby parking garage. 

Cantrell’s white Mazda 3 sedan had been found abandoned near the Tacoma Dome with no sign of the 33-year-old nearby. 

Her family raised the alarm on August 27 after she had ‘not returned home and not been seen or heard from in two days’. 

She had also missed a doctor’s appointment which was reportedly the first ultrasound scan of her pregnancy. 

A SWAT team took a suspect into custody on Tuesday after Cantrell's body was found nearly a month following her disappearance in Tacoma, Washington

A SWAT team took a suspect into custody on Tuesday after Cantrell’s body was found nearly a month following her disappearance in Tacoma, Washington 

The search for Cantrell ended on Tuesday when the pregnant 33-year-old's remains were found using GPS data from her ex-boyfriend's truck

The search for Cantrell ended on Tuesday when the pregnant 33-year-old’s remains were found using GPS data from her ex-boyfriend’s truck

On the day Cantrell went missing, friends said she may have planned to go to a grocery store, but detectives found no signs of financial activity to suggest that she did this. 

Detectives said they were ‘concerned’ because there was no activity on her phone at all in what her family said was an ‘unusual’ lack of contact.  

Dudley’s home was searched on September 1 after he was identified as the man in the footage and his truck was seized. 

According to Q13, Dudley raised further suspicion by claiming not to have seen or spoken to Cantrell in years – despite phone records allegedly proving this was untrue.

Cantrell was said to be ‘over the moon’ about her pregnancy and had already started buying baby clothes and toys. 

Police cars on the side of a road during the investigation into Kassanndra Cantrell's disappearance in Washington state

Police cars on the side of a road during the investigation into Kassanndra Cantrell’s disappearance in Washington state

However, although she had told relatives that Dudley was the father of her unborn child, she was reluctant to tell Dudley himself, it is claimed.  

Cantrell was allegedly alarmed by Dudley’s long-ago remark that he would take legal action if his girlfriend got pregnant ‘just to spite the mother’. 

Using the GPS data from Dudley’s truck, detectives found a ‘set of human remains that were wrapped and disposed of over a steep hillside along Chambers Creek’, the sheriff’s office said.  

Rescuers ‘performed a high-angle ropes operation to recover the remains, which are believed to be Kassanndra Cantrell’ pending confirmation from a medical examiner.  

Jail records show that Dudley was booked shortly before 6pm on Tuesday evening and faces charges in Pierce County’s Superior Court.    

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Two British holidaymakers were killed when they plunged over a promenade on to a beach as they were ‘larking’ around and dangerously ‘posing on the edge of cliffs for pictures’.

The good friends – Jayden Dolman , 20, and Daniel Mee, 25 – were ’embracing’ each other as they fell to their deaths – as a third pal Lewis Higgins was taking their photos on his mobile phone.

Just before the tragedy happened, a local police officer had warned the trio to ‘take care’ as he saw them acting dangerously close to the cliff edge.

An inquest heard on Wednesday that the three friends had flown to Alicante in Spain for a holiday last July.

The three friends (from left to right) - Jayden Dolman , Lewis Higgins , and Daniel Mee  - had flown to Alicante in Spain for a holiday last July

The three friends (from left to right) – Jayden Dolman , Lewis Higgins , and Daniel Mee  – had flown to Alicante in Spain for a holiday last July

On their third night there, the trio had been drinking alcohol all day and were walking along the Punta Prima beach promenade in Orihuela Costa in Alicante when the incident happened around 7.15pm.

The senior Somerset coroner Tony Williams was holding the inquest into 25 year old plumber Daniel’s death but not that of Jayden because his body was not brought back to the UK.

The three friends had been staying in a villa in Alicante and the inquest heard that toxicology showed that Daniel had taken some cocaine in the days before his death, and Lewis said they had smoked hashish the night before.

But Mr Williams said drink played a much larger factor in the incident and Daniel was 2.5 times the legal drink driving limit at the time.

Lewis Higgins witnessed the incident along with an off duty Civil Guard police officer on the beach below. 

Mr Higgins needed hospital treatment because of the severe shock he suffered at seeing the incident unfold.

The trio had been due to meet some people they had met on the flight over from the UK and had been ‘larking around’ when the two men ‘tumbled’ over railings and fell nine metres or 30 feet on to the beach below.

Daniel suffered head injuries and died at the scene, Jayden, 20, was flown by an air ambulance to hospital but died later.

The tragic accident happened on Punta Prima beach, near Torrevieja. A report by the Spanish investigators said the trio were walking along the promenade in an 'inebriated state' taking pictures and were engaging in 'dangerous activities, posing by the edge of cliffs for pictures'

The tragic accident happened on Punta Prima beach, near Torrevieja. A report by the Spanish investigators said the trio were walking along the promenade in an ‘inebriated state’ taking pictures and were engaging in ‘dangerous activities, posing by the edge of cliffs for pictures’

The Spanish authorities said there were no criminal issues for them to investigate.

A report by the Spanish investigators said they were walking along the promenade in an ‘inebriated state’ taking pictures and were engaging in ‘dangerous activities, posing by the edge of cliffs for pictures’.

The Spanish police officer said he saw the trio walking along the prom in a’jovial mood, leaning over the cliffs and taking pictures’ in a dangerous way.

He urged them to ‘take care’ before he went down to the beach. Later he looked up to see ‘two of them falling, embracing and hit the beach’.

He said: ‘Both bodies were side by side’ and their personal possessions were scattered around the scene.

Mr Higgins said in a statement to the Spanish investigators he was carrying all their possessions in his rucksack because the other two had burned their backs in the sun.

He said they were taking pictures as they walked and Dan embraced Jayden.

‘He saw them both close to the railings at the beach. Both seemed to lose their balance and I saw how both of them fell embracing towards the beach. They fell into space.’

Mr Higgins was so anxious he had to be immobilised and taken to hospital and could remember nothing.

But he said they ‘did not jump over the railings’ but just ‘lost their balance’.

He said the trio ‘had been drinking during the day’ and had consumed hashish the previous day.

The unnamed Spanish police officer said he saw them ‘taking pictures on a mobile phone very close to the edge of the cliffs’ and one woman was ‘startled’ by it.

The trio carried on walking along the prom and the officer said they were ‘lively, shouting and laughing’.

They appeared to be drunk and one of them swigged from a water bottle as they continued ‘shouting and laughing’.

Daniel Mee, 25 (left), died at the scene of the accident on Punta Prima beach, near Torrevieja, while 20-year-old Jayden Dolman (right) died later in hospital  the following day

Daniel Mee, 25 (left), died at the scene of the accident on Punta Prima beach, near Torrevieja, while 20-year-old Jayden Dolman (right) died later in hospital  the following day

Coroner Mr Williams said the alcohol level in Daniel was ‘reasonably high’ but he was a ‘pedestrian and not driving’. And he said the cocaine level was only an incidental finding.

He recorded an accidental death conclusion on Daniel who lived in Bridgwater, Somerset.

He said: ‘All three had a few drinks on holiday enjoying themselves. They were walking along the promenade and Daniel and Jayden were hugging close to the railings and lost their balance.’

He said they plunged nine metres over the railings and fell down the ‘steep drop’ to the beach below and both sustained injuries that proved fatal.

‘All three lads were having a good time and tragically it ended in this way,’ Mr Williams said as he addressed Daniel’s mother and sister, and Jayden’s mother who all attended the hearing at Taunton’s coroner’s court.

After the tragedy, friends paid tribute to Daniel saying he was a ‘top bloke and good friend’ and ‘such a lovely, funny boy.’

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