The Government has tonight promised an extra seven-million pounds to tackle the Calais migrant crisis - as thousands of people are once again facing traffic chaos in Kent. Operation Stack remains in force on the M20 and a potential solution agreed last week - a contraflow system - has been rejected by the Highways Agency. It comes after two-thousand migrants tried to storm the Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles last night. Tom Savvides reports.
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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.
Some 2,000 migrants tried to storm the Channel Tunnel in Calais last night according to operator Eurotunnel.
There were delays all day as a result and Operation Stack was implemented on the M20.
Eurotunnel advised day-trippers to France to reorganise their visits.
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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.
A man has been jailed for driving while his friend let off a fire extinguisher inside the car - and then posting a video of it online.
Charlie Jones, 21, uploaded a clip of himself laughing as he drove his Vauxhall Astra through Peacehaven, East Sussex, with the car filled with smoke. He put the video on Youtube with the title "classic nearly died twice".
Jones, from Collingwood Close in Peacehaven, was jailed for 10 weeks, banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Jones accepts that he was stupid but did not accept that his driving was dangerous. A jury thought otherwise and found him guilty of the offence.
Julie Maddocks, Freight Transport Association