Calais roads to be fortified, extra police to deter illegal migrants

Roads and industrial areas leading up to the Calais ferry terminal are to be fortified next week in order to prevent migrants causing any more damage while trying to break into Britain.

Calais Prefect Fabien Sudry will post an extra 40 policemen to the area from next week, on top of the 400 already patrolling the area since the close of the Jungle camp in October last year.

Enhanced lighting will also be installed beginning next year, allowing drivers to more easily identify migrants hiding along the roadside.

The announcement came after haulage firms and businessmen met with the Calais Prefect to tell him they were “fed up” of the harm migrants were doing to their businesses.

The group, led by David Sagnard, President of the National Federation of Road Transport (FNTR), called on the prefecture to install lighting along where the A16 and A26 roads meet, less than a 10-minute drive from the port de Calais ferry terminal, along with a new CCTV system to monitor the road around the clock.

The group also demanded compensation from the authorities for damages and costs of securing their businesses. They also called for “more judicial firmness” for migrants caught breaking into UK-bound lorries.

Sudry said that the work to begin lighting the road will begin in February next year and he will demand “up to €5 million” from Britain” towards the costs.

The Mayor’s office has also said it is looking into setting up a fund to help finance the cost of a new surveillance system.

Sudry said that 26 companies that have been directly affected by migratory pressure have already received  € 2.2 million in compensation.

Earlier this year, a Polish truck driver was killed after crashing into a roadblock set up by migrants.

Andrew Round, an intelligence officer for the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service 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.”

The FNTR boss says the extra police officers “may seem insufficient, but it’s still welcome.” He says he plans to continue to lobby the authorities for harsher penalties for migrants that try and break into lorries.