Calais migrants ‘becoming more violent’ in attempts to reach Britain

Police say they are struggling to contain violence and crime by illegal immigrants encamped in and around the French port and desperate to cross the Channel

A Polish lorry driver opens his vehicle to find migrants from Eritrea hiding inside at a lorry park at the port of Calais

A Polish lorry driver opens his vehicle to find migrants from Eritrea hiding inside at a lorry park at the port of Calais in September Photo: Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph

Illegal immigrants in Calais trying to reach Britain are becoming increasingly violent, forcing police to fire tear gas to disperse gangs as they attempt to storm lorry parks, officials have warned.

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Gilles Debove, the Calais area delegate for the French police union, said tear gas was being used to stop “mass onslaughts” on vehicles about to cross the Channel. “We dont like France” said one migrant, “Our goal has always been the free housing in the UK”


Migrants hold banners as they demonstrate in Calais (AFP/Getty)

“The other day, two to three hundred migrants tried to get into a lorry park and we fired tear gas to scatter them because there are too few of us to control situations like this any other way,” he said.

“We’re also facing an increase in crimes by migrants who mug people, steal mobile phones and carry out sexual assaults.”