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The Home Office has blown thousands of pounds on kebabs and pizzas feeding the record number of migrants who arrived in Britain yesterday.

Officials ordered 3,000 chicken shish for £14.50 from four Turkish restaurants dotted across Kent as well hundreds of pizzas from the Domino’s in Dover.

Staff said they were rushed off their feet trying to prepare the huge order for morning and evening meals for those at the Tug Haven Border Force camp.

It comes as a record 1,185 people reached the UK on Thursday after risking death on board small boats in the English Channel.

Lifeboat crews, Border Force and French authorities spent hours intercepting boats in the Dover Strait throughout the day.

But despite their efforts three people are feared lost at sea after two kayaks were found adrift off the coast of Calais.

Officials ordered 3,000 chicken shish for £14.50 from four Turkish restaurants dotted across Kent as well hundreds of pizzas from the Domino's in Dover (pictured today)

Officials ordered 3,000 chicken shish for £14.50 from four Turkish restaurants dotted across Kent as well hundreds of pizzas from the Domino’s in Dover (pictured today)

Staff said that they were rushed off their feet trying to prepare the huge order for morning and evening meals for those at the Tug Haven Border Force camp (pictured today)

Staff said that they were rushed off their feet trying to prepare the huge order for morning and evening meals for those at the Tug Haven Border Force camp (pictured today)

Officials put in a huge order today for meals to feed the migrants from four Aspendos Turkish restaurants dotted across Kent

Officials put in a huge order today for meals to feed the migrants from four Aspendos Turkish restaurants dotted across Kent

Meanwhile pictures show a huge mess left at the camp after migrants were given hundreds of Domino's pizzas from the Dover branch

Meanwhile pictures show a huge mess left at the camp after migrants were given hundreds of Domino’s pizzas from the Dover branch

What’s on the menu? What migrants can expect to eat from Aspendos Turkish restaurant in Dover

MAINS: 

Chicken Shish – £14.50

Marinated cubes of chicken grilled on charcoal grill

Lamb Shish – £14.50

Marinated cubes of lamb grilled on charcoal grill 

SIDES: 

Rice – £3 

Bread – £2 

DRINKS:

Canned drinks – £1.50 

Ayran – £1.50 

Officials put in a huge order today for meals to feed the migrants from four Aspendos Turkish restaurants dotted across Kent.

They asked for 270 meals this morning and 270 more in the evening from the Dover branch, while also placing requests at stores in Deal, Folkestone and Ashford.

Migrants will be fed chicken shish kebabs, which are served as ‘marinated cubes of chicken grilled on charcoal grill’ and cost £14.50 each.

They will also be given sides including rice, which is an extra £3, and bread, which adds another £2, meaning each meal is worth £19.50.

An Aspendos worker told MailOnline this afternoon: ‘We are rushed off our feet. It’s so many meals to make but we’ll get there.’

The restaurant, which bills its food as ‘a diverse menu filled with delightful dishes’, also sells a family special which feeds four to five people for £55.

Punters would get lamb shish, chicken shish, two kofte kebabs, four lamb chops, eight of lamb ribs, eight chicken wings, humus, cacik, tarama and olives.

The chain says on its website it is ‘bringing an authentic taste of Turkey to diners throughout Kent’. and has a 4.7-star average on Google reviews.

The word Aspendos comes from an ancient Greco-Roman city in Antalya province of Turkey, also known as Aspendus.

Border Force workers were spotted helping to unload around 1,000 of them at Tug Haven – a short-term holding facility – earlier today, moving them from a red van into a trolley and over to the base. 

Turkish restaurant Aspendos in Dover

Border Force officials asked for 270 meals this morning and 270 more in the evening from Aspendos, Dover

Border Force officials ordered more than 540 meals from Turkish restaurant Aspendos in Dover, (pictured above) to feed recently-arrived migrants on £14.50 chicken shish

The restaurant, which bills its food as 'a diverse menu filled with delightful dishes', also sells a family special which feeds four to five people for £55. Pictured: The plush interior of Aspendos in Dover, which features detailed wall art and a piano

The restaurant, which bills its food as ‘a diverse menu filled with delightful dishes’, also sells a family special which feeds four to five people for £55. Pictured: The plush interior of Aspendos in Dover, which features detailed wall art and a piano

They asked for 270 meals this morning and 270 more in the evening from the Dover branch, while also placing requests at stores in Deal, Folkestone and Ashford

They asked for 270 meals this morning and 270 more in the evening from the Dover branch, while also placing requests at stores in Deal, Folkestone and Ashford

They will also be given sides including rice, which is an extra £3, and bread, which adds another £2, meaning each meal is worth £19.50

They will also be given sides including rice, which is an extra £3, and bread, which adds another £2, meaning each meal is worth £19.50

Aspendos, which bills its food as 'a diverse menu filled with delightful dishes', also sells a family special which feeds four to five people for £55

Aspendos, which bills its food as ‘a diverse menu filled with delightful dishes’, also sells a family special which feeds four to five people for £55

Aspendos, which bills its food as 'a diverse menu filled with delightful dishes', also sells a family special which feeds four to five people for £55

Aspendos, which bills its food as ‘a diverse menu filled with delightful dishes’, also sells a family special which feeds four to five people for £55

Meanwhile pictures show a huge mess left at the camp after migrants were given hundreds of Domino’s pizzas from the Dover branch.

Stacks of empty boxes were shoved in bin bags and left along with other rubbish by the holding area, with one Mighty Meaty – which cost up to £17.99 – strewn all across the ground with the garlic dip still sealed.

A note on one of the orders said: ‘This was an urgent need to feed a large number of migrants that had been on the Tug Haven compound in Dover for over 12 hours, and were likely to stay over 24 hours due to issues blocking their movement with resources and the Irc [immigration removal centre] estate.’

Another added: ‘Purchased by Clandestine Operational Response Team (Cort) for use at Tug Haven where we have migrants arriving on small boats.

‘Due to the high number of migrants arriving and the length of time they had not eaten, it was agreed to purchase 200 pizzas.’

A lorry driver who works in the area said that when he drove through last night it sounded like the migrants were having a party – laughing and eating pizza.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘We are committed to delivering the best value for money for the British taxpayer.

‘We ensure all spending is carefully scrutinised to make sure that every pound of taxpayers’ money is spent in the most effective way.’

Stacks of empty boxes were shoved in bin bags and left along with other rubbish by the holding area, with one Mighty Meaty - which cost up to £17.99 - strewn all across the ground with the garlic dip still sealed

Stacks of empty boxes were shoved in bin bags and left along with other rubbish by the holding area, with one Mighty Meaty – which cost up to £17.99 – strewn all across the ground with the garlic dip still sealed

A lorry driver who works in the area said that when he drove through last night it sounded like the migrants were having a party - laughing and eating pizza

A lorry driver who works in the area said that when he drove through last night it sounded like the migrants were having a party – laughing and eating pizza

Empty boxes of crisps are chucked in a trolley outside the temporary accommodation for the exhausted migrants in Dover, Kent

Empty boxes of crisps are chucked in a trolley outside the temporary accommodation for the exhausted migrants in Dover, Kent 

A record 1,185 people reached the UK on Thursday after risking death on board small boats in the English Channel, a new record for a single day

A record 1,185 people reached the UK on Thursday after risking death on board small boats in the English Channel, a new record for a single day

A record 1,185 people reached the UK on Thursday after risking death on board small boats in the English Channel, a new record for a single day.

Lifeboat crews, Border Force and French authorities spent hours intercepting boats in the Dover Strait throughout the day.

However, despite their efforts, three people are feared lost at sea after two kayaks were found adrift off the coast of Calais.

Thursday’s total, confirmed by the Home Office on Friday, is the highest for daily arrivals during the current crisis, surpassing the previous record of 853 set earlier this month.

More than 23,500 people have now reached the UK after crossing the English Channel on board small boats this year, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

In the last seven days, more than 2,400 people have crossed to Britain – the most in any such period during the current crisis and more than the entirety of 2019.

The Channel is the busiest shipping lane in the world and has claimed lives in the past, including two people in recent weeks.

Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds called on Home Secretary Priti Patel to ‘stop blaming others’ over the crossings.

He tweeted: ‘Time and time again, we keep hitting new records with crossings – people risking their lives to make this treacherous journey. It is time for the Home Secretary to take some responsibility and stop blaming others.’

A record 1,000 people reached the UK in a single day after risking their lives in small boats in the English Channel – taking the November total soaring past 3,000 (pictured yesterday)

A young girl wrapped in a red jacket was carried ashore in Dover on Thursday, one of the masses brought into the Kent port after being picked up at sea

Lifeboat crews and Border Force boats were busy well into the evening after spending hours intercepting boats in the Dover Straight throughout the day

Lifeboat crews and Border Force boats were busy well into the evening after spending hours intercepting boats in the Dover Straight throughout the day

Thursday’s total surpasses the previous single-day record for the current crisis of 853 set earlier this month

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by Coastguard officers yesterday

In what has become a familiar sight at the docks in Dover, a young girl wrapped in a red jacket was seen being carried ashore on Thursday, one of hundreds of people brought in after being picked up at sea.

Border officials were busy past nightfall in the Kent harbour as they worked to process the hundreds of arrivals.

The cries of children waiting within the compound amid the November chill could be heard, adding to the usual hustle and bustle noise of the busy trade port.

Further along the coast, more people were reportedly seen arriving on Hastings beach in East Sussex after being picked up by the RNLI.

Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK’s refugee and migrant rights director, said: ‘The people making these perilous sea crossings are doing so out of desperation, largely because there are no safe and legal routes open to them, and many have family and other connections here.

‘Instead of seizing on these highly visible crossings to manufacture a supposed ‘national emergency’ in their attempts to justify draconian new asylum policies, ministers ought to be working constructively with the French authorities to provide safe access to asylum procedures on both sides of the Channel.

‘With its current approach, the Government is wilfully endangering people it should be helping. These are cruel tactics and they should end.’

Border officials were busy well into Thursday evening in Dover as they worked to process the many arrivals

Border officials were busy well into Thursday evening in Dover as they worked to process the many arrivals

Children wrapped in jackets and blankets against the autumn chill, some carried in the arms of adults, were among being helped onto the quayside throughout the day

Further along the coast, more people were reportedly seen arriving on Hastings beach after being picked up by the RNLI

Further along the coast, more people were reportedly seen arriving on Hastings beach after being picked up by the RNLI

Yesterday's 1,000 arrivals mean the figure for this year is almost 24,000 – close to three times as many as in 2020

Yesterday’s 1,000 arrivals mean the figure for this year is almost 24,000 – close to three times as many as in 2020

Jon Featonby, refugee and asylum policy manager at British Red Cross, said: ‘Nobody puts their life at risk unless they are absolutely desperate and feel they have no other options.

‘It is a brutal, life-threatening journey, especially in the worsening winter weather.

‘There are no simple answers, but we urge the Government to rethink its plans. As it stands, the Nationality and Borders Bill will make the UK’s asylum system harsher and not address the reasons why people take such dangerous journeys.’

In 2019, Home Secretary Ms Patel promised to make migrant crossings an ‘infrequent phenomenon’ by spring 2020, and then pledged in August last year to ‘make this route unviable’.

During this time, the Government has agreed to pay France millions of pounds to increase security on its northern coast.

Disagreements between the UK and French Governments over what is expected have sometimes boiled over into sharp words exchanged across the Dover Strait.

Earlier this year, Ms Patel threatened to withhold the £54 million promised to France to help stop crossings unless more people were prevented from reaching the UK.

Speaking to BBC News on Friday, Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said: ‘We’ve got hundreds of police forces, gendarmerie patrolling, but we have 300, 400 kilometres of shore to monitor every night, and that’s quite impossible to stop all the crossings.’

Despite the increasing numbers of small boats arrivals, the UK continues to see far fewer boat arrivals and asylum claims than many of its European counterparts.

At least 100,907 people have arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean by land and sea so far this year, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

At least 1,313 people are estimated to be dead or missing, according to the same data.



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