Calais chaos: Hundreds more migrants break through Eurotunnel perimeter fences …

Hundreds of migrants have broken through perimeter fences onto the tracks for the Eurotunnel terminal1 in Calais for a third night.

Gangs of young men and a handful of small boys clambered through wire
fencing in the village of Frethun.

Despite vows of a security crackdown, French police simply looked on and
did nothing as they trespassed.

REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Migrants make their way along train tracks as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais Migrants make their way along train tracks as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Migrants make their way along train tracks as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais Migrants make their way along train tracks as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais

The groups then casually sat either along the side of the tracks or in the
central reservation area as trains sped past.

Other migrants said the men were waiting until darkness before storming the
final fence between them and the Eurotunnel trains.

Earlier in the day desperate migrants claimed they would rather die than give up trying to get to the UK.

The asylum seekers said they will create havoc for as long as it takes and they dismissed UK government plans to tighten up on security, saying they will always find a way to breach fences.

One migrant, from Sudan, told the Mirror: If you re quick enough and clever enough, it s simple to get on the tracks.

Everyone knows where the fence is broken, and if we get there and it s fixed someone will break it somewhere else.

Daily Mirror / Jon Fuller-Rowell Migrants clothes caught in the barbed wire fence Daily Mirror / Jon Fuller-Rowell Holes in the fence

Then it s just about getting across the tracks2 without being hit and getting to the English trains.

I tried on Monday night with my friends but there were lots of police.

Two of my friends got onto a train, but sadly I was caught . I think they are now in England . They were lucky.

For a few weeks we ve given up trying the trucks .

If we get into a truck, we can be waiting for hours before being caught.

The trains are a lot more dangerous but we know straight away if we have been lucky or not.

If the police or security catch us, they let us go and we try again . The security guards recognise us now.

Migrants make their way along train tracks as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais

The French government responded to the latest crisis by sending 120 extra police officers to the terminal as a temporary measure.

But the Road Haulage Association called on France to deploy its military3 to secure the port and UKIP leader Nigel Farage also suggested using the Army in the UK to help the Border Force at Dover – a plan dismissed by the Home Office.

Mr Farage said: My feeling in Calais is that things there are now virtually lawless . There have now been nine migrants killed this year trying to get through the tunnel.

It seems to me unless something radical is done, it is only a matter of time before a British holidaymaker or a British lorry driver is killed there too.

Kevin Hurley, the police and crime commissioner for Surrey, also called for Gurkha soldiers to be deployed to protect Britain s border.

The 700 strong 2nd Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles has been based in the Shorncliffe and Risborough barracks just outside Hythe, Kent, since 2000.

Getty Migrants speak with a truck driver

The Gurkhas are a highly respected and competent force, and are just around the corner .

They could help to ensure that our border is not breached, he said.

Home Secretary Theresa May admitted urgent improvements in security at Calais are needed to prevent further tragedies.

And she admitted that some migrants had entered Britain through the tunnel but refused to give a number.

Speaking after chairing a Cobra meeting on the crisis4, she said both the Government and Eurotunnel needed to address the issue.

The train company revealed it has blocked 37,000 people at Calais attempting to cross into the UK this year.

With the Government under fire for its handling of the crisis, David Cameron ordered Mrs May to convene a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee.

Daily Mirror / Jon Fuller-Rowell Migrants going through the fence onto the tracks

Speaking after the meeting Mrs May said the Government was working very constructively with their French counterparts and had set aside 7million of extra funding.

The Home Secretary said extra security fencing would be put in place as quickly as possible and promised action to ease Operation Stack on the M20.

What we are looking at now is improving security at the railhead at Coquelles, so we can ensure people are not trying to come through the tunnel.

That means some urgent work in government but also with Eurotunnel, and Eurotunnel has a role to play here in the measures they themselves put in place to protect their trains, she said.

Thousands of men and women from Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Syria have swamped the terminal in recent days.

One migrant died under the wheels of a lorry5 on Tuesday after getting alongside a loading Eurotunnel freight train while another in his teens suffered serious burns.

Daily Mirror / Jon Fuller-Rowell Migrants going through the fence onto the tracks

Despite the tragedy, the mainly-African migrants have vowed to continue their attempts throughout the summer.

They stepped up their efforts after word spread through the Jungle camp of several people making it to the UK.

Tears streamed down the face of migrant6 Samira Ahmed as she stood outside a supermarket near the terminal.

The 27-year-old had not eaten for two days and spent the previous night alone, sleeping under a tree.

She left her home in Eritrea 15 years ago, when she was still a schoolgirl, in search of a better life.

But instead she fell into a world of slavery, preyed upon by people who saw the teenager as free labour.

Samira s father, a political activist, was tortured and killed by Eritrean authorities when she was a baby.

Daily Mirror / Jon Fuller-Rowell Calais Eurotunnel track side

She hasn t spoken to her mother since she left the war-torn African country and has no idea if she is alive or dead.

Despite her horrific ordeal, and the tears, there was optimism in Samira s voice.

She believes she is within touching distance of her dream – a life of peace and safety in the UK.

That is why for the previous two nights, she joined 2,000 other migrants attacking the Eurotunnel terminal.

She told the Mirror: We heard in the camp that people had gone to the fence and not come back.

We knew then that they d got to the UK successfully.

That s why everyone is going there now . I ve been down for the last two nights but it s difficult because I m a woman.

It is a long walk, it takes me several hours . Last night I was too tired to get back to the camp so I slept under a tree.

Jon Fuller-Rowell / Daily Mirror Calais Eurotunnel track side Jon Fuller-Rowell / Daily Mirror Martin Fricker investigates how migrants are getting onto the Eurotunnel tracks to board trains to England

The men are much quicker than me .

We get under the fence and then go across the tracks . It s very dangerous.

Both times I tried they caught me . Men with torches spotted me and I couldn t escape or run fast enough.

They put me in a car and drove me away before letting me go .

I was very scared but I will keep trying.

It s much more dangerous than trying to get in a truck, but the trucks are all searched and we are always caught.

I pray that one day I can get onto a train and get to England . I just want to have a happy life.

I rather die than stay here . I ve thought about suicide if I don t get to the UK .

It s worth risking dying to get there.

There have now been 11 deaths in less than two months, as increasingly desperate migrants take more risks.

Jon Fuller-Rowell / Daily Mirror Martin Fricker investigates how migrants are getting onto the Eurotunnel tracks to board trains to England Jon Fuller-Rowell / Daily Mirror Martin Fricker investigates how migrants are getting onto the Eurotunnel tracks to board trains to England

French police union spokesman Gilles Debove said: They have nothing to lose.

They have travelled thousands of killometers and they are ready to die on the last stretch if necessary.

They will try to get aboard them whatever happens.

The Mirror witnessed the poor security around the Eurotunnel terminal that allows migrants to get onto the tracks.

Every night hundreds of migrants make a two-hour walk from the Jungle camp at Calais port to the tiny village of Frethun.

At the fence, ripped clothing hanged from the top of the barbed wire, flapping in the breeze.

Nearby a metal barrier, designed to keep intruders out, was torn like a piece of paper.

It wasn t hard to realise why migrants are invading the Channel Tunnel terminal on a nightly basis.

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And it was difficult to imagine such a lack of security at a major international airport or border crossing.

Frethun has the misfortune of being alongside Eurotunnel tracks – hallowed earth for the asylum seekers.

UK-bound freight trains idled past every half an hour, a tantalising sight to migrant eyes.

The area was deserted in daylight hours – these desperate people prefer to try their luck after dark.

Items of clothing, empty food cartons, even a tub of toothpaste littered the grass bank next to the tracks.

The green fencing was used as a makeshift ladder to clear the barbed wire, past which was an identical fence.

Daily Mirror / Jon Fuller-Rowell Martin talks with Samira Ahmed from Eritrea

It appeared impenetrable, but on closer look a neat hole had been cut in it – giving access to the tracks.

From there the migrants walk towards the freight platforms, where lorries are loaded onto trains.

There was no sign of any police or security presence at the fence, and no attempt had been made to repair the damage.

Describing the chaotic scenes, one officer said: It takes hours to catch them, and a significant number get through to Britain.

Kent Police said Operation Stack on the M208 is expected to last into the weekend – but ferry services are running as normal.

The Conservative MP for Folkestone, Damian Collins, blamed the French for crisis.

He said: This investment is very welcome, it doesn t address the whole problem . It s partly an issue of enforcement from French authorities.

They have allowed people willingly to break into the Channel Tunnel site . I can t believe they would be that lax in protecting an airport or another sensitive facility.

But that has happened constantly throughout the summer .

They have to enforce their own restrictions.

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References

  1. ^ the Eurotunnel terminal (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ getting across the tracks (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ to deploy its military (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ chairing a Cobra meeting on the crisis (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ migrant died under the wheels of a lorry (www.mirror.co.uk)
  6. ^ migrant (www.mirror.co.uk)
  7. ^ Video: Channel Tunnel migrant crisis – Man dies in Calais (www.mirror.co.uk)
  8. ^ Operation Stack on the M20 (www.mirror.co.uk)

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