Eurotunnel says this morning’s ‘massive invasion’ by migrants is a final push before new security measures are completed rather than a resumption of this summer’s repeated disruption.
‘LAST DITCH’ MIGRANT ATTACK ON EUROTUNNEL
Renewed disruption raises fears on fresh bout of regular delays.
A ‘carefully co-ordinated’ attack by migrants on Eurotunnel in France saw services suspended overnight and only resume mid-morning.
The incident follows a long period of relative calm since security was significantly bolstered at the Channel Tunnel after a high-profile meeting between the British and French Home Secretaries in late August.
It raises fears passengers again face the regular long delays seen in the summer.
However, a Eurotunnel spokesman told the Daily Mail today, ‘This looks like quite a carefully co-ordinated and organised attack, possibly to raise the profile of their situation or as a last-ditch attempt before the new fences are up.’
A group of more than one hundred migrants attacked the terminal in what even The Guardian described as a ‘massive invasion’ shortly after midnight.
Several Eurotunnel staff, police and migrants were injured.
Some of the migrant group managed to reach up to 15km inside the tunnel, almost a third of its length.
A police source told Paris journalist Peter Allen that, ‘Hard left political activists were seen coordinating ‘invasion’ of Channel Tunnel by UK-bound refugees today.’
Soon after the situation calmed at Eurotunnel the focus shifted to the nearby Calais port with access from the A16 and A26 motorways blocked.
Traffic was routed through the town due to ‘high number of clandestines trying to enter port area’ said DFDS Freight but the roads soon reopened.