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We've heard a lot about the cost of Operation Stack to local businesses and much about the political wranglings over finding a solution. But Operation Stack's tentacles stretch far and wide. Andrea Thomas has been talking to 3 people, who've been affected by the crisis in surprising ways.
At the heart the Operation Stack problems in Kent, are of course the lorry drivers and the hauliers. Some of them have endured delays of up to eighteen hours on the motorways - with their produce rotting, and their profits suffering.
David Johns reports, speaking to haulier Peter Harding and haulage expert Peter Carroll.
There are two main causes of Operation Stack at the moment. Industrial action in and around Calais. And the daily repeated attempts that are made by migrants to breach security at the Eurotunnel terminal at Coquelles near Calais.
Their tactics are growing increasingly reckless, not least because hundreds have made it across the channel in recent weeks. Nine have died in the attempt. John Ryall spent a night at Coquelles - and a day at the Calais camp that is home to some three thousand migrants.
There's increasing pressure for a cull of badgers to be extended to parts of Dorset. Farmers say TB is continuing to spread through their herds and are calling for the Government to act on pre-election pledges, to eradicate the disease.
Pilot badger culls started in Somerset 2 years ago. Now applications are being prepared which could see the cull extended to part of our region as Duncan Sleightholme reports.
An emergency meeting has been taking place in Maidstone to review urgent options for dealing with Kent's traffic gridlock. A temporary parking zone for lorries at Ebbsfleet is one of the proposals which has been discussed by Government transport minister, Andrew Jones. He's been meeting with MPs, the police, highways officers and the County Council.
David Cameron made his comments about Operation Stack in London after the COBRA meeting.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said Britain will send extra sniffer dogs and fencing to France in response to the Calais migrant crisis.
Mr Cameron also confirmed Ministry of Defence land will be used to ease congestion with freight vehicles queued in Kent to head to the continent.
"We're going to take action right across the board," Mr Cameron said, confirming he will speak with French President Hollande later today and extend an offer to work "hand in glove" with his administration.
"This is going to be an issue right across the summer," he added. "We rule nothing out to dealing with this very serious problem. We're absolutely on it. We know it needs more work."
Our reporter John Ryall was filming last night on one perimeter of the Eurotunnel terminal just outside Calais. More than 200 migrants made repeated attempts to break through fences and get onto trains and lorries. Here are some of their stories.
Night after night, hundreds of migrants have challenged the defences of the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais. There's little doubt that as dusk falls this evening, they'll be back in their hundreds. John Ryall reports from the French side of the tunnel in Coquelles.
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People embarking across the Channel should prepare for disruption due to the problems at Calais terminals and the impact of Operation Stack.