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UK to spend £7m on improving Eurotunnel security

The Home Secretary Theresa May has said that the UK Government will spend up to £7 million on improving security around the entrance to the Eurotunnel.

She made the announcement as Eurotunnel said that around 2,000 migrants had tried to storm its French terminal last night and called on the Government to act.

Home Secretary Theresa May Credit: Pool

"We have agreed today that we will work together [with the French government] to return migrants, particularly to West Africa, to ensure that people see that making this journey does not lead to them coming to Europe and being able to settle in Europe," she said.

Desmond Tutu readmitted to hospital

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's admission to hospital is unrelated to his cancer treatment, daughter says Credit: PA

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been readmitted to a hospital in Cape Town, his family confirmed today.

But his daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, said in a statement his admission into hospital was not related to his cancer treatment

"His oncologist confirms that his PSA level is pleasingly low," the statement released by the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said.

His doctors considered it prudent for him to return to hospital for observation.

He'll have a few days of bed-rest while his medical dream team brings the situation under control and determines the next course of action, if any. He will stay in hospital until the weekend, at least.

– Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu

Tutu was discharged from hospital last Tuesday but re-admitted this afternoon after expressing renewed discomfort.


Eurotunnel: Government needs to sort out migrant issue

Eurotunnel has called called on the Government to act as it confirmed that 2,000 migrants stormed its French terminal in Calais last night.

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A spokesman for the operator confirmed that "a number of people were injured" and fences were damaged as migrants tried to board the shuttles.

"This is an issue that is a really for the Government to sort out," the spokesman said as he described storming of the fences as "an almost nightly occurrence."

"We need them to stop the migrant flow from Calais but it appears to be too much for them to handle."

It is an almost nightly occurrence - we're trying to run a travel business here.

– Eurotunnel spokesman


2,000 migrants attempt to enter Eurotunnel overnight

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Some 2,000 migrants stormed Eurotunnel's French terminal in Calais last night, the operator said.

The migrants attempted to breach the fences and Eurotunnel confirmed that the invasion was the cause of delays to this morning's service.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel said: "There was huge cooperation between the authorities and the Eurotunnel teams."

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