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Channel ferry services disrupted by Calais blockade

Ferry services suspended due to industrial action at Port of Calais Credit: Reuters

Cross-Channel ferry services have been disrupted due to a blockade at the Port of Calais.

Ferry movements at the French port were suspended due to industrial action by former MyFerryLink staff members.

Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart said she regretted that the port was being taken "hostage" and travellers are urged to contact their operator before setting off.

A Port of Dover spokesman said: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with our ferry partners and the Port of Calais in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible."

Up to 2,000 British holidaymakers and other travellers are thought to be affected.

Workers are protesting the potential loss of 600 jobs caused by the sale of MyFerryLink, which provides services between Dover and Calais, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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EU ministers to hold extraordinary meeting on migrant crisis

European Union ministers have been called to an extraordinary EU meeting on Sept. 14 to discuss a huge surge in irregular immigration, as European leaders struggle to define a coherent response to the crisis.

Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency and called the meeting, said in a statement:

The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions.

In order to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions under way and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn decided to convene an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council.

– Statement announcing the meeting

The meeting will reportedly be focused on return policy, international cooperation, and investigation and measures to prevent human trafficking.

Earlier today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged other European Union countries to accept a greater share of the refugees, as her government struggles to cope with an expected record 800,000 arrivals this year.

Family of Richard Smith say he was 'truly wonderful'

The family of Richard Smith pay tribute to a 'truly wonderful' man. Credit: Sussex Police/ Family Handout

The family of Richard Smith, who was on his way to a bike ride with cyclist friend Dylan Archer when the crash happened, have paid tribute to a "truly wonderful" man.

"Richard was a lively, good humoured 26-year-old. His passions in life were for his family, friends and his beloved bikes. His boundless enthusiasm was infectious. He was a truly wonderful, caring and loving person.

"He leaves behind his partner Victoria, his parents Julie and Jonathan, and two much-loved brothers William and Edward. He will be so sorely missed by all who knew him."

Smith, originally from Buckinghamshire, moved to Hove two years ago. He worked in marketing and web development at an independent company providing advice to the cycling industry.

Cyclist's family pay tribute to 'kind and loving' father

The family of Dylan Archer paid tribute to a 'kind and loving father'. Credit: Sussex Police/ Family Handout

The family of Dylan Archer, a cyclist who died along with his friend Richard Smith at the Shoreham air crash, have paid tribute to a "kind and loving father".

On Saturday 22 August, Dylan, 42, was on a cycle ride with his friend Richard Smith on the bike that he loved and made himself.

They said: "Dylan was a kind and loving father, partner, brother, grandson and friend. His dry humour and generous nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

"Dylan was a trusted and respected IT consultant, co-founder and Director of a Brighton IT company.

"He leaves behind Alice, his partner of 17 years, their two sons aged 15 and 12, his sister Ruth and two-year-old niece. He was adored by them all."

Dylan, who grew up in the Midlands was said to have had a lifelong passion for bikes and cars. After moving to Brighton, he spent many occasions cycling in the South Downs- where he would headed on the day of the accident.

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