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Operation Stack lifted

An emergency measure which closed parts of the M20 in Kent to traffic other than lorries heading towards the English Channel has been lifted 36 hours after it was introduced following disruption at the port of Calais.

The M20 coastbound is now fully open to all traffic this morning after Operation Stack - in which parts of the M20 are used for lorries travelling to the port of Dover.

Lorries had been queued after the Channel Tunnel was closed amid strike action by French ferry workers on Tuesday, and chaos ensued as migrants in Calais attempted to clamber aboard UK-bound vehicles.

David Cameron has described the scenes at the French port, where 350 migrants hidden in cars and trucks were reportedly found by police within just four hours yesterday morning, as "totally unacceptable".

Home Secretary Theresa May said British and French authorities had stopped "significant numbers" of migrants from entering the UK in recent days, while Mr Cameron called for both countries to work together, insisting there was "no point either side trying to point the finger of blame".

Ten migrants were found in the back of an articulated lorry parked in a truck park in Folkestone, Kent, at around 4.30pm yesterday.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "They were all fine and taken by police to Dover Immigration Centre and are now under their care."

Should the migrant crisis be moved from Calais to Dover?

The ports of Dover and Calais are returning to normal operations after strike action by French ferry workers triggered 36 hours of travel chaos.

It caused a security nightmare as migrants desperate to cross the channel targeted stranded lorries, cars and trains.

But, as traffic started flowing again, the Deputy Mayor of Calais caused political fury by demanding that the frontline of the migrant crisis be moved from Calais to Dover.

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Border staff union: 'Government can't have it both ways'

A union spokesman said budget cuts have left border forces under-manned Credit: Reuters

Budget cuts and changing political priorities have left the UK's border services struggling to implement more rigorous border checks, according to the UK's largest civil service trade union.

A spokesman from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) told ITV News that government demands to cut costs were leaving the border forces thinly stretched.

The government can't have it both ways, it can't ensure vehicles and all passports are checked at our borders, while cutting budgets and staff.

The simple fact is, there are not enough bodies on the ground and staff have been routinely shifted from customs checks to passport controls because that has been the political priority.

– PCS spokesman

But speaking in the House of Commons earlier, Home Secretary Theresa May insisted that border security had been maintained.

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Migrants seek hiding spots in lorries stuck at Calais

Migrants are continuing to break into stranded lorries in Calais in a bid to reach Britain.

One man can be seen scrambling up the side of a empty lorry, delayed due to a port workers' strike, to hide in the cab, while another group of men can be seen trying to hide in the back of another stranded truck.

Operation Stack to stay in place all day

Lorries backed up on the M20 Credit: ITV Meridian

Phase Two of Operation Stack is expected to remain in place on the M20 southbound for the rest of today following disruption on the French side of the English Channel.

Lorries backed up on the M20 Credit: ITV Meridian

Kent Police is reminding lorry drivers that those at the front of the queue will get a ticket to continue their journey to the continent. Those who use the diversions for non-freight traffic in an attempt to get closer to the front, and who do not have a ticket, will be sent to the back of the Op Stack queue.

Non-freight traffic is being diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and rejoining the motorway at Junction 9 (Ashford West). This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coastbound carriageway of the M20.

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Operation Stack Phase Two remains in place

Phase Two of Operation Stack remains in place on the M20 southbound following disruption on the French side of the English Channel.

The operation will be in place until the backlog of traffic has cleared.

Non-freight traffic is being diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and rejoining the motorway at Junction 9 (Ashford West). This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coastbound carriageway of the M20.

Kent Police is reminding lorry drivers that those at the front of the queue will get a ticket to continue their journey to the continent. Those who use the diversions for non-freight traffic in an attempt to get closer to the front, and who do not have a ticket, will be sent to the back of the Op Stack queue.

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Migrants take advantage of Calais port delays

Migrants continue to target trucks queuing at Calais, while French authorities seek to alleviate the backlog of traffic caused by disruption due to striking ferry workers.

The migrants are breaking into trucks in an attempt to enter the UK.

Meanwhile, in the UK, there continue to be delays at Dover as trucks bound for France are left queuing on their way to the port.

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Migrants target trucks stuck in Calais port chaos

Truck drivers at Calais have found themselves largely powerless to prevent migrants breaking into their vehicles amid the disruption caused by striking ferry workers.

Migrants attempting to enter the UK are targeting trucks stuck in traffic queuing at the northern French port.

Drivers say the migrants have become bolder in their attempts to board the trucks.

French police are checking vehicles, making clearing the traffic backlog at the port a slow process.

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