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Eurotunnel says migrant breaches down to 150 a night

The number of migrants trying to get into the Eurotunnel terminal near Calais has reportedly fallen to around 150 a night after a claimed peak of 2,000 last month.

Extra security measures brought in after chaotic scenes at the French port had made a "real difference", the firm told the BBC, while adding that the continued breaches remained "unacceptable".

The Government sent extra fencing and more dogs to bolster security teams at Coquelles in Calais. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A Eurotunnel spokesman told the Press Association: "There has been a real fall in the number of attempted break-ins."

Last month saw an escalation in the number of people trying to scale or break through perimeter fencing around the Channel Tunnel.

Others jumped aboard lorries bound for the UK in a bid to gain asylum.

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M20 reopens for normal traffic after Operation Stack

Lorries parked up on the M20 motorway in Ashford, Kent, during Operation Stack. Credit: John Stillwell / PA Wire/Press Association Images

David Cameron spoke to French president Francois Hollande on Friday to discuss the response to migrants besieging the Channel Tunnel entrance at Calais, which the PM warned he expects to last all summer.

The call came as the M20 motorway was reopened for normal traffic after the last lorries being held under Operation Stack procedures were allowed through to the Channel Tunnel and ferry ports.

Announcing the lifting of Operation Stack, which has seen thousands of lorries parked on the coast-bound carriageway for much of the past month.

Measures promised by Mr Cameron, including more sniffer dogs and fences, were dismissed by hauliers' representatives as "a sticking plaster".

An emergency meeting is held to look at 'urgent options' to deal with Operation Stack

An emergency meeting has been taking place in Maidstone to review urgent options for dealing with Kent's traffic gridlock. A temporary parking zone for lorries at Ebbsfleet is one of the proposals which has been discussed by Government transport minister, Andrew Jones. He's been meeting with MPs, the police, highways officers and the County Council.

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Kent in Crisis: Task force meeting held in Maidstone

Members of task force meeting arrive in Maidstone Credit: ITV News Meridian

The police, authority members, MP's, and Highways England arrive for urgent task force meeting in Maidstone to review 'urgent options' for dealing with Operation Stack.

Members of task force meeting arrive in Maidstone Credit: ITV News Meridian
Members of task force meeting arrive in Maidstone
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