Coastguard received reports of boats being 'confronted'

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said:

It was reported to us on Monday that a number of British fishing vessels were being confronted by French fishing vessels off the coast of Le Havre.

As this is outside UK waters, we contacted the French coastguard, who sent a French patrol vessel to the area.

We continue to liaise with the French authorities who have been dealing with the situation.

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Boats attacked in scallops row

French fishermen have reportedly been pelting British boats with rocks and flares in a row over scallop fishing in the English Channel, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) said today.