1. National

Channel Tunnel delays after migrants storm French side

Fresh disruption was brought to Channel Tunnel services after around 150 migrants tried to storm the terminal in Calais in a bid to board UK-bound freight.

View all 63 updates ›
  1. Dan Rivers

French police seem to turn blind eye to migrant crisis

A migrant looks on as French police inspect vehicles Credit: ITV News

The good news is that the strike is soon to be over, the first train services have resumed which means the queuing lorries will start to get moving in the next hour.

But it is going to take many, many hours to clear the backlog which stretches for miles up the motorway.

The French police today have showed absolutely no interest in intervening, certainly where we were, in trying to arrest any of those migrants or detain them.

This has been a problem that has been going on and getting steadily worse for months, a problem that we've reported on repeatedly.

Essentially the French police attitude here seems to be to turn a blind eye, they want this problem to go away.

The migrants are desperate to get into Britain Credit: ITV News

They know these migrants are desperate to get into Britain, that they don't want to stay in France and of course it would help them if they didn't stay in France.

It means they don't have to process them, they haven't got to deal with them, potentially house them or send them back home. So essentially the French police are hoping migrants to get on the back of lorries.

More on this story