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Government pledges £7-million to tackle Calais migrant crisis

Britain has agreed to provide an extra £7 million towards efforts to tackle the Calais migrant crisis, Theresa May has announced. The money will be used to step up security at the Channel Tunnel railhead in Coquelles. Last autumn the Government pledged £12m to help France tackle the problem of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the Channel. The Home Secretary disclosed the extra funding following a meeting between British and French officials to discuss the continuing disruption. She said she was sympathetic to the plight of those living with the chaos in Kent.


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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.


Day-trippers urged to avoid visiting France

Eurotunnel says passengers should reschedule if they can Credit: PA

Eurotunnel is advising anyone taking a day-trip to France via its passenger services to postpone their journey due to long delays as a result of migrant activity throughout the night.

The advice follows a warning from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to avoid Calais because of industrial action by French farmers. It also warned anyone travelling through the French port to keep vehicle doors locked because of the "large numbers of illegal migrants" and a "high threat of terrorism.

Kent Police has been forced to reintroduce Operation Stack in the early hours of this morning leading to further disruption on Kent's roads.

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