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Migrant crisis: UK-French centre to tackle traffickers

The British and French governments today announced a radical overhaul of security at Calais.

New measures designed to end the cross-Channel travel chaos we've seen this summer, include a new control and command centre in Calais where French and British police will work side by side.

It should mean we see far, far less of Operation Stack and the gridlock it causes in Kent.

But there are concerns the Calais crackdown will simply result in migrants trying to enter Britain through other European ports.

This from John Ryall.

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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

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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