The volume of illegals trying to gain access to the United Kingdom via the railway tunnel beneath the English Channel is now so great, hundreds storm the French terminal every night.
Hoping to stow away on-board lorries or to ‘train surf’ to England, the migrants – of which there are an estimated 5,000 in the town of Calais at any one time – attack the secure area in hope of overwhelming the security and defences. The BBC reports that French police are at the terminal every night to remove migrants, but they were so desperate they were willing to attempt boarding trains travelling at 90mph.
Two illegals were killed on the Eurotunnel last night. While one migrant was run over, a teenage boy was killed by a train in France but was not found until his body was discovered on the roof of a carriage when it arrived in England this morning. A spokesman for Eurotunnel said:
“We’re dealing with people-traffickers working together to create diversions and distract security. It’s well-organised, co-ordinated activity.”
As the Eurotunnel group told Breitbart London two weeks ago, the will and determination of migrants to break into Britain has consistently outpaced the ability of the company to keep them out of the dangerous secure zone, despite additional security investment costing tens of millions of pounds. They said:
“The problem of migrants around Calais is increasing dramatically. It went from some 600 migrants at the start of the year to some 3,000 plus [now 5,000] presently. Their sole intention is to get to the United Kingdom by any means possible, and this is leading them to make some very dangerous decisions. This has led unfortunately recently to two deaths, the latest being this morning.
“Eurotunnel has spent €150 million in security in the past 15 years. All of it is targeted at making it harder for migrants to access our sites, and to make our sites safer for our customers. We have put up fences, adding extra lighting at night, cameras, infra-red detectors, extra staff. We have got more sniffer dogs, more controls on lorries entering the system, we have invested a huge amount of money in security”.
The source said the answer to the situation was political, and could not be solved by merely spending more money could not secure the tunnel. He said:
“…we are confronted with a migrant issue that is growing out of all proportion. The solution to this issue can’t be found by building another fence – it is about stopping the flow of migrants from their country of origin… all of the things that will stop this crises are well out of the hands of a private transport operator… they are in the hands of the British, French, and European governments, who need to find a solution.
“Locally we work with the French police on a very close basis to try and find the best organisation of resources to prevent migrant access, but we are confronted with such an enormous number of people it becomes impossible. They will always find another access point, or another tactic, every time a new barrier is put in front of them”.
Passenger trains have been less effected than freight, which mainly goes by night and travels on more easily accessed rolling stock. While a Eurostar spokesman told Breitbart London that their services benefited from travelling by day when there was less migrant disruption, the same was not the case for the haulage industry, which is now losing a reported £750,000 a day through delays. Responding to severe delays and tunnel closures, Kent police have made repeated use of ‘Operation Stack’, thereby turning the M20 road to the port of Dover into a carpark for lorries awaiting access to the Eurotunnel terminal.
The Belfast Telegraph reports the comments of Richard Burnett, the chief of Road Haulage Association, who said:
“This is a crisis and demands swift and dramatic action. It appears that the tunnel is being laid siege to my many hundreds of people desperate to get to Britain.
“Tragically, migrants are being killed and our members are being subject to a daily gauntlet of intimidation and long expensive delays. It is also totally unacceptable that the people of Kent should bear this burden.
“I reiterate my call for the French government to put their military into Calais to secure the port and the tunnel terminal if the police are unable to do so on their own. By taking this decisive action, one of the main causes of Stack will be reduced.”
Ferry operators attempted to take advantage of the chaos, with a port press release saying they were “open for business”.
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