Calais: Truck Drivers Facing 'Extreme Violence'

A haulage firm boss warns of increasing violence in the sea port that he fears could turn deadly if officials fail to act.

The boss of a British haulage firm has claimed the migrant crisis in Calais has descended into lawlessness and warned that it won't be long before someone is killed.

Toby Ovens was speaking after a week of unrest in the sea port in which clashes between migrants and police left 27 officers with minor injuries.

"The situation in Calais was dire on Tuesday night," he said.

"I had two drivers attacked by missiles thrown by immigrants at my vehicles and damage done to the vehicle.

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One of the drivers was female and they attempted to open the doors to her vehicle and when they didn't succeed they attacked the vehicle, leaving her very shaken.

"This situation is completely unacceptable. We, as hauliers, need someone we can go to in order to sort this situation."

Mr Ovens said he is considering pulling out of the European haulage business after operating in the sector for more than 30 years.

There are now 5,000 migrants in Calais, French authorities estimate, with many living in a makeshift camp known as "The Jungle".

As winter bears down the Road Haulage Association (RHA) said migrants were becoming "increasingly frustrated" at not being able to board trucks bound for Britain.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said he had received similar accounts to that given by Mr Ovens and called for a redoubling of security on the roads leading into the port.

"This has become an absolutely untenable situation," he said. "We are now getting reports of extreme violent migrant activity on a daily basis."

He went on: "As we predicted several months ago, it is the port approach roads that need increased security.

"Our observer spoke to drivers who have witnessed migrants standing on port approach road bridges, throwing rocks onto truck windscreens, forcing them to stop.

"The situation must be resolved now. Waiting until someone gets killed is simply not an option."

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the Government was working with the French at political and operational levels to bolster security and help keep traffic moving.

13 Nov 2015