August 7, 2017
The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) suggests that the military could soon be escorting UK bound lorries in Calais, following a wave of fresh attacks on lorry drivers.
Migrants desperate to get to the UK have been blocking the road with fires and fallen trees, less than 10 minutes from the Port de Calais, in order to distract the drivers and break into the back of their wagons.
Andrew Round, an intelligence officer for NaVCIS said: “If the violence seen over the last six to eight weeks persist, I’d like to see the military brought back in.”
“It is just not fair on the drivers,” he added. “Something has to be done between the UK and French governments above and beyond what they are already doing.”
Haulage industry magazine ‘Loadster’ also made a similar call in June, saying: “They don’t care about anyone but themselves and as a result a life has been lost. President Macron must get a grip of this situation and we urge him to deploy the French military to provide safe passage for the thousands of UK-bound hauliers that use this route every day.”
The call was made after a Polish lorry driver was killed after hitting a roadblock setup by migrants. Nine Eritreans were arrested. On the 25th July, a lorry driver was seriously injured after being hit over the head with a brick by migrants who hijacked his vehicle.
Road Haulage Association boss, Richard Burnett, said at the time: “This latest method of actually targeting and hi-jacking vehicles is a new one and clearly shows that the desperation of migrants to get to the UK has reached new heights.
“It’s clear that migrants will stop at nothing to cross the Channel. Less than six weeks ago we saw the death of a driver as a result of migrant action. Security at the Port must be increased before the unthinkable happens and another driver loses their life.”
Last week, French authorities announced they will build two new migrant reception centres 40 minutes from the port, which could act as a magnet for hundreds of migrants wanting to reach Britain, as we saw with the opening of a centre in Paris.
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This article was posted: Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:44 am