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FTA urges government action after more trouble at Calais

May 23, 2017
The Freight Transport Association has urged the government to lobby the French authorities to protect drivers passing through the Calais area, following reports of increased migrant activity targeting lorries approaching the port.

According to driver reports, rubbish bins were placed on the entry to the Port of Calais on Sunday night (21 May), and vehicles were attacked with stones, as migrants attempted to board lorries travelling towards the port.   A Czech driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries and police quickly dispersed the migrants involved.  FTA members estimate that approximately 700 migrants have returned to the Port of Calais region, following the closure of the Jungle camp in October 2016.

Up to 9,000 migrants who were said to be living in the Jungle camp were dispersed to other parts of France following its closure.  

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