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Delays at Channel Tunnel in Folkestone up to 6 and a half hours - power supply problem now fixed

Passengers in queues at the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone Credit: Facebook - Sarah Dacombe

There is a waiting time of up to six hours and 30 minutes to the Freight Eurotunnel service at Folkestone, and severe delays on the rest of the line due to an earlier broken down train and an earlier technical fault in the Tunnel which has now been resolved.

Passengers are facing a 90 minute wait for Check In and a further 5 hour wait on the Channel Tunnel Terminal.

On its website Eurostar said that its trains were currently delayed due to infrastructure problems in the Channel Tunnel.

Power supply problems - up to 5 hour wait on Eurotunnel and Eurostar services at Channel Tunnel

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Pair in court over Channel Tunnel walk

The pair were arrested near the crossing entrance in Folkestone in October Credit: ITV Meridian

Two young men from Iran who walked through the Channel Tunnel are due to make another appearance in court.

Payam Mirahessari and Farein Vahdani were arrested near the crossing entrance in Folkestone in October.

They are charged with obstructing the railway.

Thousands detained at migrant holding centres in Kent

Migrants forced to sleep on concrete floors with dirty blankets Credit: HM Prisons Inspectorate

The Chief Inspector of Prisons has condemned border officials in Kent for holding thousands of migrants - including children - at centres in Folkestone and Dover without food, hot drinks, or medical checks. In some cases, forcing them to sleep on a concrete floor.

During last summer's crisis, which saw the Channel Tunnel and ferries suspended on dozens of occasions, and the M20 closed for Operation Stack:

  • More than 3,600 migrants were apprehended and detained at three bases on the Kent coast
  • Between July to September, about 1,200 people were held each month at Dover and Folkestone
  • That's equivalent to 40 detained each day

The prison inspectorate report reveals - for the first time - the sheer scale of the numbers caught entering the UK through Kent.

You can watch Abigail Bracken's report below. Interviewees are: the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke; Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins; and Phil Kerton from Seeking Sanctuary.

Conditions of Kent immigration centres criticised in report

A report by the prison inspectorate has condemned the conditions in which migrants were held at the Channel Tunnel and Dover.

Almost 5000 entered Kent illegally last year. The migrants -including hundreds of children - were housed on concrete floors, with no food, or hot drinks, and no immediate medical attention.

ITV Meridian spoke to Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, and Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe.

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Channel Tunnel asylum walker due in court

A Sudanese man granted asylum in Britain after apparently walking through the Channel Tunnel from France will appear in court.

Abdul Rahman Haroun who's 40, is expected to learn whether prosecutors plan to drop their criminal case against him following his asylum win.

Abdul Rahman Haroun walked the length of the Channel Tunnel Credit: ITV Meridian

He was charged with causing an obstruction to an engine or carriage using the railway under the Malicious Damage Act 1861 after being arrested in Folkestone last August.

But earlier this month at a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court it emerged that Haroun had been granted permission to stay in Britain on Christmas Eve. Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel said it was disappointed with the decision, saying granting him asylum may encourage others to attempt the same perilous journey.

Haroun, who is on bail, will appear at Canterbury Crown Court in front of Judge Adele Williams from 2pm this afternoon.

Channel Tunnel walker given refugee status - Canterbury Crown Court told

Abdul Haroun has been granted conditional bail and prosecutors given two weeks to decide whether to continue with the prosecution. The court was told that Mr Haroun was granted asylum on Christmas Eve.

He is charged with causing an obstruction to a train using the railway under the Malicious Damage Act 1861. Mr Haroun was arrested in August last year just steps away from the Folkestone entrance to the tunnel.

This is believed to be the first incident of a migrant successfully managing to walk the length of the Channel Tunnel.

The case has been adjourned to January 18.

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