A toddler sucks on a pacifier and cries as around 200 migrants attempt to cross the English Channel.
The child was carried through the dunes of Sangatte in northern France at 8am yesterday.
Nearly 40 people climbed into a black inflatable boat to make the dangerous 21-mile crossing.
Three people already on board ran towards them as evil people smugglers tried to escape the French police.
One onlooker said: “It looked like a new tactic.
“The group were all hanging out on the beach.
“The dinghy came out of nowhere.”
A total of five boats are believed to have been intercepted in the English Channel by border guards, who escorted a group to Dover at 9.13am.
It was not clear whether any of the people pictured on the sand dunes in Sangatte – including the crying boy – were among those later seen going ashore in Dover, but sources said it was likely that was the case.
This comes after a woman believed to be 24 years old from Eritrea was found dead on a beach near Calais on Tuesday.
Official figures show that 24,208 migrants have crossed the English Channel so far this year – 4,107 arrived in 74 boats in September alone.
A record 45,755 people made the same dangerous journey last year, compared to 28,526 in 2021 and just 8,410 in 2020