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UK to help with French security checks at Dover

Queuing traffic on the A20 near Dover in Kent Credit: PA

UK Border Force staff have been drafted in to assist with French border checks at the Port of Dover, after motorists were caught up in delays of up to 15 hours on Saturday.

It comes after the government said motorists had suffered "extraordinary disruption, due to increased security checks in the wake of recent terror attacks in France.

Police have warned the delays could last until Monday.

Situation 'desperate' in Dover for stranded drivers

Drivers who have been stranded in Dover for almost a day say the situation is getting "desperate".

Drivers have been stranded for hours Credit: Anita Klipanovic

One man, who said he had been stuck for 19 hours, posted a picture of his young granddaughter, who he said had become "weak and dehydrated" as the nearest place to buy water was a three-mile walk away.

Meanwhile, University of Bolton graduate Anita Klipanovic - who had been on her way to a week's holiday in Croatia - said she had been stuck in the queue for 13 hours.

Hundreds of motorists were forced to spend the night in their cars as increased security checks by French border control in the wake of recent terror threats caused lengthy delays.

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Four inmates murdered at El Salvador prison

Four people at a prison in El Salvador were murdered on Saturday in a fight between inmates, the national prison service has said.

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The men, all members of the Barrio 18 gang, were serving time at the prison in the city of Quezaltepeque, around 13 miles from capital city San Salvador.

The attorney general's office said that the death toll could rise.

Fourteen inmates were killed at the prison in August last year, with authorities saying it was part of a purge within the same gang.

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Volunteers deliver 6,000 water bottles to stranded drivers

A Sikh humanitarian relief organisation helped thousands of motorists stranded in queues headed for Dover, delivering almost 6,000 bottles of water and snacks overnight.

Khalsa Aid volunteers distributed the refreshments as drivers faced delays of 11 hours on the approach to the port, with many forced to spend the night in their cars.

'Lack of encouragement robs girls of engineering careers'

Selective schooling and a lack of encouragement is to blame for a disproportionately low number of women pursuing a career in engineering, one of the country's leading experts has said.

Girls need to be encouraged to explore a career in engineering, Prof Dame Ann Dowling said Credit: PA

Women in Britain account for just eight per cent of engineers, compared with around 20 per cent in other European countries.

Prof Dame Ann Dowling, the Royal Academy of Engineering's first female president, said she was "concerned" that young women in particular were giving up on physics at the age of 14 or 15.

Speaking to Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, she said: "Girls do very well at GCSE science but a small number, only 20 per cent, continue physics on into the sixth form. And physics and maths are the standard entry to do a degree in engineering.

"I am concerned that young women in particular are giving up physics and probably making these decisions when they're 14 or 15."

Young children are "natural engineers" and need encouragement to develop their desire to create and design, she added.

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