Jeremy Davis, from Wolverhampton, was convicted by the Home Office for his anti-migrant “patrols” off the Dover coast and says they failed to convince a migrant to turn back and return to France
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A wedding DJ leads a vigilante group who “covertly patrols” the canal to repel migrant ships attempting to reach the UK.
Convicted by the Home Office, Jeremy Davis said he was met by about 20 others, including former soldiers, on a speedboat and night vision goggles for anti-migrant “missions”.
Mr Davis, of Wolverhampton, claims that his group encountered migrant boats while on two “patrols” off Dover, but was unable to convince them to turn back after pulling up alongside them.
His Twitter account brags about the “missions” and derogatory comments about Muslims and migrants trying to make the crossing from France. He has been labeled “racist” and “xenophobic” by people who blew up the operations.
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It is estimated that more than 6,100 migrants have crossed the English Channel in small boats so far this year.
At least 319 people set out on the journey on 27 boats on Friday.
London-born Mr Davis, who lived in Portugal and Wales before moving to Wolverhampton, claims his group intercepted police and coast guard radios in order to track down migrants.
He told the Times that his group is not out to harm migrants and is made up of “the law-abiding silent majority.”
A tweet on his Twitter account stated that the goal was “to defend our coasts” and “to shame the government into deporting them”.
One reviewer replied: “Migrants are not ‘illegal’. It is perfectly legal to apply for asylum here.
“People only become illegal if they turn out to be economic migrants. In this case, they will be returned.
“You don’t need your racist little boats and your silly flag waving any more.
Another added: “A bunch of xenophobic fanatics in boats. Has Britain sunk that far?”
Mr Davis told the Times, “Keyboard warriors are getting nowhere, demonstrations are useless.
“We don’t want to run around disturbing cities, but we’re going to do a few things that ruffle the feathers.”
Its website says: “We are secretly sending targeted patrols into the canal to safely repel and repel illegal undocumented migrants who come to our coast until the government finally takes action.”
The Home Office has condemned the group’s actions, saying the public should not take “direct action” against migrants.
A spokesman said: “Under no circumstances is there an excuse to harass those arriving in the UK.
“Members of the public should report unusual or suspicious activity to their local police force and should not take direct action against any individual or group.”
On Friday, the Coast Guard said there were “several” small boats with migrants on board off the coast of Kent.
Dozens, wrapped in blankets and wrapped in life jackets, were brought into Dover port as migrants took advantage of the calm seas and clear weather.
On Wednesday MPs were told that the majority of unaccompanied children arriving in Kent were boys aged 16 and 17.