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Dover protest passed off "peacefully"

Police in Kent say a protest at Dover Eastern Docks was peaceful. A small group of protestors held a short demonstration outside the Port yesterday. Only one person was reported for summons for wilful obstruction of a highway.

They marched in support of lorry drivers. Hauliers can be hit with hefty fines if they are found carrying illegal immigrants trying to stow away in their lorries as they travel from Calais. However a number of far-right groups descended on the town to take part in the protest.

‘Through our Protest Liaison Officers, we were able to actively engage with the protestors to ensure Kent Police facilitated what was a peaceful demonstration, while at the same time ensuring public safety and allowing people to go about their daily business.

‘There was no disruption to both the Eastern and Western Docks and the impact on the highways around the Port of Dover was kept to a minimum during the protest.

‘There has been no impact on the community of Dover with Local District Policing Team officers continuing to work in their communities.’

– Steve Corbishley, Chief Superintendent of Kent Police
Police say Dover protest passed off Credit: Meridian

Far-right groups turn out to protest at Port of Dover

Protestors briefly blockaded the Port of Dover today as they marched in support of lorry drivers. Hauliers can be hit with hefty fines if they are found carrying illegal immigrants trying to stow away in their lorries as they travel from Calais. A number of far-right groups descended on the town to take part in the protest. Sarah Saunders reports from Dover.

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BNP President attends port protest

President of the British National Party Nick Griffin has attended a protest at a major British port amid concern about illegal migrants using Calais as a staging post to try to enter the UK.

The disruption at the Port of Dover in Kent remained at a minimum as members of the National Front and other far right wing groups, stood at the entrance to the Eastern Docks today claiming to support truckers under strain from the rise in migrant numbers across the Channel.

Drivers say they face daily threats of damage to their trucks, concerns over the loss of their livelihoods and hefty fines if migrants are caught in their vehicles.

Following the protest, which lasted about an hour, Mr Griffin said: "I am here because four years ago British lorry drivers stopped me when I was driving through Belgium and told me 'you've got to do something to explain what's going on because every single day us and our colleagues are having our lorries broken into by illegal immigrants'.

Dover Port open as normal during protest

Dover Port is open and in full operation. The Port says it is liaising closely with Kent Police about the protest being held under the banner of supporting the truckers.

Dover Port says, "Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of our customers and community and keeping the Port and its operations open. We are monitoring the situation to ensure that we can respond to the protest in the safest and most constructive way."

Customers are advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website (www.doverport.co.uk) or Twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information.

Protest planned to support lorry drivers at Dover Docks

Kent Police have warned protesters that they will be ready to deal with any trouble on the streets of Dover, ahead of this weekend's march in support of hauliers in the port.

A group called 'Support the Calais to Dover Truckers' is planning a lobby through the town. They say they want to show their support for drivers who've faced harassment and intimidation from people trying to stow away in their trucks.

But opponents of the march say they'll stop the protest - accusing the march of being a front for right wing political groups.

Andrea Thomas has been speaking to Natalie Chapman from the Freight Transport Association and Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley.

Port of Dover statement on blockade

"We are aware of the potential protest planned for this Saturday under the banner of supporting the truckers and we are in close liaison with our partners about this issue. Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of our customers and community and keeping the Port and its operations open. Over the next few days we will be monitoring the situation to ensure that we can deal with any planned protests in the safest and most constructive way."

– Spokesperson, Port of Dover

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Lorry drivers plan blockade at Dover Port

A group of lorry drivers are planning to blockade the Port Of Dover tomorrow.

They say they're taking the action in support of truckers who have been targetted by immigrants looking to gain entry to the UK. Kent Police say they will be in attendance to minimise any disruption.

ITV Meridian spoke to Ch Supt Steve Corbishley of Kent Police.

Faulty chainsaws seized at Dover

Self-assembly chainsaws impounded at Dover Credit: PA

Nearly 1,000 dangerous chainsaws imported from China with a host of faults have been seized at one of Britain's main borders. Trading standards chiefs said 486 boxes containing the self-assembly chainsaws were impounded at the Port of Dover in Kent.

They were found to have three crucial faults including a brake failure. Sixteen grass-cutters, also among the consignment, have been impounded as a major part was missing and documents were incomplete.

The importer told officers the chainsaws were destined for Poland. But now Trading Standards officials want the chainsaws destroyed, possibly by a charity which could sell the parts for scrap.

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