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Mother-of-four guilty of trying to smuggle people into Kent

A mother-of-four broke down in tears today as she was found guilty of trying to smuggle people from France into Kent.

Katy Bethel, from Gillingham, and her boyfriend Aaron Harris were stopped by Border Control officers at Eurotunnel in France. In the back of a hired van, officials found twelve Vietnamese nationals - including some children - crammed into tyres.

Police said the pair gave no thought to the safety of their human cargo.
The judge warned Katy Bethel she faces a long spell in prison.

Tom Savvides reports.

Amazing video: lorry driver helps suspected migrants out of lorry on M25

Five suspected migrants have been filmed exiting a lorry in Dartford on the M25.

The video shows the driver ushering people out. The Spanish company which owns the truck says their driver was alerted by other cars, after they heard noise coming from inside. This comes as another four migrants were found in Canterbury earlier that morning and handed to the Home Office.

Our truck has followed all regulations correctly by our company (he is prohibited to stop under 200 km from any port, he checks the truck before moving and before he embarks, he does all checks including scanning and all point controls). Our drivers are all very experienced in transport and we would like to briefly explain how this incident happened. Our driver hasn’t left the truck unattended at any time, he has also passed ALL controls and scanners TWICE at the port. English police opened doors at the control scanners and found nothing!! We have incorporated two systems that control doors opening. We think that the only way this could have happened, is once he was inside the ferry, the GPS did not receive signal to detect this problem. Our driver doesn't stop before Calais - the last point is on the A282 UK road. Police confirmed at the port that all checks were fine. The driver was alerted by other cars in a traffic jam, because they heard voices and noises coming from inside the truck. He got down and went to see what was the problem and opened doors and realised that immigrants were inside the truck. Shocked by this action he did not know what to do, as he has never been in this situation before and told them to step down from the truck straight away. Nobody steps down immigrants from the truck in the middle of the motorway seen by thousands of people if he had any intention of transporting immigrants.

– El Mosca


Warning for drivers after French motorway is blockaded

Convoys of lorries and tractors blockaded the motorway leading to Calais today - the start of a tough new campaign by hauliers and farmers demanding the closure of the massive migrant camp known as The Jungle. John Ryall reports.

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'Go slow' Jungle protest causes delays around Calais

The 'go slow' protest caused long delays near Calais. Credit: APTN

A blockade of lorries and tractors held up traffic on the roads around Calais with a "go slow" protest against the "Jungle" migrant camp.

A convoy of trucks and tractors set off from Dunkirk to the north, while another made its way from Boulogne to the south at 7.30am local time on the A16, which runs along the edge of the town.

They are set to converge near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel and ferry terminals.

No traffic was being allowed to pass the blockade and police were stationed at the junctions, apparently to stop vehicles joining the motorway.

Hundreds of protesters also marched on foot along the road leading directly to the port.

A line of tractors take part in the protest. Credit: APTN
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