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Screams and banging inside container, containing more than 30 migrants

The widow of a man who died trying to get to Britain, smuggled in a shipping container, has described the moment she realised he was dead.

The couple and their children were travelling with 31 other migrants to Tilbury Docks in Essex. Today a court heard that two of the men accused of smuggling them will now face a retrial.

The group of Afghan Sikhs had made the journey on an overnight crossing from Belgium - discovered by dock workers who heard their screams and banging. Rags Martel reports

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Channel Tunnel services suspended as Operation Stack continues

Services on the Channel Tunnel have been suspended this evening, after another migrant lost his life trying to reach Kent. In all, overnight, 1500 people tried to enter the tunnel, said Eurotunnel.

The gravity of the situation led to an urgent meeting of the Goverment's emergency COBRA committee - and suggestions by a few MEPs in the South East, that it was time to 'send in the troops'.

Operation Stack remains tonight - causing delays on motorways and roads in the region - and affecting businesses, local people, holidaymakers and hauliers. Fred and Sangeeta linked to Derek Johnson in Ashford.

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Kent villages angry at Operation Stack

Kent has never seen Operation Stack enforced on this scale before - and unless a solution is found the chaos of the last three months could become the norm.

There are fears that the situation could even worsen if we see an escalation of the mob tactics now being used by the Calais migrants.

Truckers and tourists are not the only casualties. Communities cut off by Operation Stack say it's making life hell - and hitting traders hard. David Johns reports now from one of the villages affected.

He speaks to delivery driver Ron Tutt; shop owner Nigel Cockell; florist Maureen Bell; butcher Malcolm Saunders; tourist Trevor Colbourne; and chip shop owner Marino Michaelas.

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'Non' to British Police in Calais to tackle illegal immigration

Calls for British Police to be sent to Calais to help deter thousands of migrants hoping to cross the channel and enter the UK have been met with a firm, 'non merci' by the Home Office. A senior French minister said joint policing would show immigrants it's impossible to cross the channel - but the Chairman of the Kent Police Federation said our officers should not have to "resolve another country's problems".

Sarah Saunders spoke to Kent Police Federation Chairman Ian Pointon,UKIP MEP for the South East Janice Atkinson and Conservative MEP for the South East Richard Ashworth.

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Kent MP: French should help migrants to "go home"

Britain is to send the 9ft 'ring of steel' fences used at the Nato summit in Wales to Calais in an effort to stop illegal immigrants getting into Britain. It's intended to replace the "inadequate" fencing currently in place and create secure parking for legal travellers to wait without the threat of hassle from any disruption.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the move is part of a bid to send a message that the UK is "no soft touch" for migrants.

The Mayor of Calais has previously threatened to blockade the port and has been urging the British to help out with money and manpower.

But Strood MP Mark Reckless says he thinks the French should deal more stringently with the migrants.

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Nato 'ring of steel' sent to Calais to stop immigrants

Britain will send the 9ft 'ring of steel' fences used at the Nato summit in Wales to Calais in an effort to stop illegal immigrants getting into Britain.

Police are seen through the 9 ft-high metal fence known as the 'ring of steel'. Credit: PA

It would replace the "inadequate" fencing currently in place and hopefully create secure parking for legal travellers to wait without the threat of hassle from any disruption.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the move is part of a bid to send a message that the UK is "no soft touch" for migrants.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph he warned would-be illegal immigrants Mr they "should be under no illusion about what awaits them if they arrive here illegally".

He said it was up to the French to maintain security and order on their own land but Britain would do what it could to help.

Battle to stop 'migrant mobs' reaching Dover

Pressure is mounting on the British government to help French authorities tackle the increasingly violent mob tactics being used by migrants to board lorries and ferries leaving Calais for Dover.

The Freight Transport Association has written to the Mayor of Calais, supporting her call for British intervention. She's threatened to blockade Calais causing chaos in Kent unless Britain provides money and manpower.

Tonight French riot police are on standby at Calais after clashes with more than one hundred migrants who tried to force their way onto a ferry's car deck. Andrea Thomas reports.

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