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French strike could cause delays in Dover

The Port of Dover is advisng customers and the local community of potential industrial action in the Port of Calais on Monday 8th December 2014, currently suggested to be between 08h00 and 18h00 local time. This may have an adverse impact on ferry services and capacity at the Port of Dover.

It is unclear how severely services may be affected. The Port of Calais does intend to keep a number of berths open for use throughout the day, although the number may be less than usual. Customers wishing to travel on Monday are strongly advised, where possible, to travel ahead of the possible action period.

Port of Calais strike Credit: PA

The Port of Dover, together with its major ferry partners, will do all that it can to minimise any customer delays and community impact but some disruption should be anticipated from a situation beyond its control.

Due to the current high volumes of seasonal traffic and the potential disruption, there may be queues on the approach roads to the Port of Dover. Customers are therefore advised to allow plenty of time for their journey and the community should consider using alternative local routes to move around the area where possible.

Delays expected at the Port of Dover Credit: PA
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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.


Stowaways found in lorry bound for South

Stowaways found in lorry Credit: UK Border Agency

Six stowaways have been prevented from entering the country after Border Force officers found them hiding inside a lorry at the Port of Calais.

The Romanian registered lorry - heading to an address on Moorside Road, Winchester - was searched and six Albanian people were found in a load of tyres.

The stowaways were handed over to the French border police and the vehicle was allowed to continue onto its destination.

David Holt, of the Border Force, said: "This incident shows why we base Border Force staff in France - to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK.

"Our strong presence in French ports like Calais helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally."