Daily Brief 10 July 2013

Latest update 18:30 UK time.

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Travel: ‘Critical incident’ at Dover, P&O delays (update) for passengers and freight. See below.

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TRAVEL/WEATHER:

Meteoalarm weather alerts – Amber alert for high temperatures south west Spain, and storms in central east Spain. Amber alert for high temperatures in Montenegro, and for storms in west and south central Austria.

Weather in brief – a dry, breezy band across central Europe but thunderstorms possible all across the north and south.

Crossing the Channel: Some disruption at P&O Dover due to Critical Incident, see below, or here. No other operators currently reporting any delays.

From @Port_of_Dover today: ‘Here in Dover sea conditions in the Channel are moderate with a North Noreasterly breeze, force 5 to 6 and the visibility is good.’

Latest @CF_travel_news forecast: ‘The current forecast indicates slight conditions during the week ahead.’

See our Traffic/Travel/Weather page for the latest.

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NEWSBLOG:

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‘Critical lncident’ Dover:

Statement from @Port_of_Dover: ‘The Port of Dover can confirm that a critical incident is underway concerning 14 asylum seekers found in a tanker on board P&O’s Spirit of France.  Emergency services are at the scene and are dealing with the situation in close co-operation with Port staff.  Seven of the asylum seekers are receiving medical attention but none are currently considered to be in a life-threatening condition. The Port is open.’

update 1: ‘The incident is concerning 15 asylum seekers found in a tanker on board P&O’s Spirit of France. 12 casualties are non-critical and 3 casualties receiving further treatment. Two drivers of the vehicle concerned have been taken into custody. The examination of the tanker is on-going but the powder initially found in the vehicle has been confirmed as non-hazardous.’

update 2 14:30: Emergency services have now stood down and none of the asylum seekers needed to be hospitalised. P&O freight say the service should soon return to normal. Some passenger services still subject to a 60 mins delay.

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NOTES:

Turkey – after some days without protests, police were out in force over the weekend in Istanbul. See latest FCO travel advice.

Bulgaria – continuing anti-govt demonstrations, day twenty seven today. The British Embassy says, ‘There is a small risk of violence. Avoid large gatherings in public spaces and follow local media and the advice of the local authorities.’ For the latest FCO travel advice click here. For Bulgarian news in English see www.Novinite.com or @novinite_com on Twitter.

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