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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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France should 'get its act together' on asylum seekers

France should stop blaming Britain and "get its act together" and deal with growing numbers of asylum seekers in Calais, according to a former home secretary.

Lord Howard of Lympne said he had "some sympathy" with the mayor of Calais. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Lord Howard of Lympne said he had "some sympathy" with the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, but he said she was "directing her frustration and her anger at the wrong target" by threatening to blockade the port and demanding that London "take responsibility" for them.

He told told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The mayor of Calais ought to be directing her frustration at president (Francois) Hollande."

He added that the previous French administration under president Nicolas Sarkozy had recognised that the Schengen agreement which created a borderless zone between 10 European states, meant France had "lost control of its borders."

He added: "We have control of our borders. But it is the countries of the Schengen agreement that ought to get their act together and deal with this problem. We have retained control of our borders, and it is about time members of the Schengen agreement did the same."

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VIDEO: Migrants clamber on to lorries in Calais

Footage of desperate migrants trying to clamber on to lorries coming into the UK from Calais has been posted online.

It was taken by a coach passenger who said he saw hundreds of people trying to get onto vehicles at the border crossing. It comes as calls have been by the Freight Transport Association to get the Home Office to lobby the French government, in order control the situation in Calais.

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Bulldozers begin clearing refugee camp in Calais

ITV News' International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar is at a migrant camp in Calais that is being cleared by French police after authorities claimed there had been a scabies outbreak at the site:

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Calais refugees 'to be moved to hotels'

ITV News cameraman Daniel Demoustier is at a migrant camp in Calais where he says refugees are been told by the French government that they will have to take a shower and will be offered a hotel or apartment.

The conditions at the camp have lead to an outbreak of the highly contagious skin disease scabies.

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