Migrant Trouble Spreads to Dieppe

Predictions that the Migrant Crisis would spread to other ports finally come true though the situation at Calais is not yet completely under control.

Also, Land Rover recreates Silverstone in the Arctic. Remarkable road safety news from Norway (and not so great Portugal). New rules on reversing and third lane driving in Switzerland. Mega fines for disabled parking Luxembourg.

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MIGRANT TROUBLE SPREADS TO DIEPPE

Thirty migrants break into ferry terminal and pelt police with stones.

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It has taken longer than expected but migrants are finally making their presence felt at ports other than Calais and Dunkirk.

So-called ‘displacement’ was high on the agenda when the British and French home secretaries signed a new security agreement in August.

It failed to materialise initially but last night (Thursday) thirty migrants broke into Dieppe ferry port at Dieppe, nearly 120 miles south of Calais.

The group threw stones at police who responded with tear gas.

‘They broke through the fence into the Transmanche terminal and damaged the tarpaulins on several trucks. There were no injuries but it is deplorable,’ said the Normandy Departmental Directorate of Public Safety to a local news website.

It marks the end of another torrid week at the Channel.

Overnight Tuesday-Wednesday, migrants again blocked the A216 port access road. Unlike last week police were able to reopen the road within a few hours but the knock-on effects lasted into mid-morning.

Ten police were injured and five truck drivers reported damaged vehicles.

This latest episode finally prompted a tough response from the local authorities. From Wednesday morning, all pedestrians were banned from the port road, subject to a €7500 fine and/or six months in prison.

Meanwhile, two migrants have been killed on the A16 motorway in the past two days reports La Voix du Nord.

On Wednesday night a man was knocked over while trying to cross the A16 between Calais and Eurotunnel. The second victim, a 16 year-old boy from Sudan, died on the same stretch yesterday evening.

The speed limit has already been cut to 90kmh following similar incidents over the summer. The street lighting is due to be switched back on in the coming months.

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Land Rover recreated Silverstone race track in the Arctic to test its new 550bhp Range Rover Sport SVR. The full size replica of the British Grand Prix circuit – which, incidentally, is under consideration as Jaguar Land Rover’s new headquarters – was carved into Lake Uddjaur near Arjeplog in northern Sweden. ‘Brand ambassador’ and polar explorer Ben Saunders was tutored in the fine art of ice driving by former rally champion Minna Sillankorva. ‘The first thing is, be very careful with the throttle,’ she says. Watch part one of the resulting film here. See part two next Tuesday 8 November.

Land Rover recreated Silverstone race track in the Arctic to test its new 550bhp Range Rover Sport SVR. The full size replica of the British Grand Prix circuit – which, incidentally, is under consideration as Jaguar Land Rover’s new headquarters – is carved into Lake Uddjaur near Arjeplog in northern Sweden. ‘Brand ambassador’ and polar explorer Ben Saunders was tutored in the art of ice driving by former rally champion Minna Sillankorva. ‘The first thing is, be very careful with the throttle,’ she says. Watch part one of the resulting film here, and part two. Part three is out Tuesday 15 December.

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roundup: NORWAY. Not a single child has died in a traffic accident this year reports the Trygg Trafikk road safety council (via The Local Norway). In the first eleven months of the year 113 people were killed on the roads compared to 147 in the same period last year, a decline of 23%. Meanwhile in PORTUGAL fatal traffic accidents are up almost 4% so far this year reports The Portugal News.com. Road deaths have fallen in Lisbon and Oporto but tripled in Aveiro in the northwest and have risen by 40% in the Algarve in the south. SWITZERLAND. As of 1 January 2016, reversing manoeuvres should be ‘kept to the strict minimum’ thanks to a disproportionate number of fatalities says an update from the Federal Council (via @TCS) continuing, ‘Reversing will only be permitted if it is impossible to continue or turn around’. Also, as of the same date, on three lane motorways the left lane may only be used by vehicles allowed to drive faster than 100kmh (up from 80kmh now). LUXEMBOURG. The fine for improperly parking in a disabled space will rise to €145 says Wort.lu. The current fine ranges from €24-74.

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