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Migrant dies trying to get to Folkestone, as government pledges £7m for security at Calais

Another migrant has died in the Channel Tunnel, as 1,500 stormed the terminal in Calais overnight.

The latest death comes as the government announces it will spend £7 million on extra security at the French terminal.

The victim, said to be a Sudanese national aged between 25 and 30, is thought to have been crushed by a truck.

Migrant activity in Calais. Library image: @daftnelly.
Migrant activity in Calais. Library image: @daftnelly.

It is the second break-in this week, after around 2,000 people tried to get to the tunnel on Monday night.

Two were taken to hospital after being hit by a train, and a further seven were rescued from drowning.

The crisis at Calais is having a knock-on effect in Kent, delaying Eurotunnel services and forcing the implementation of Operation Stack on the M20.

The French interior minister today announced the government there will send 120 additional officers to Calais to up security.

Later today, Home Secretary Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee.

The Port of Calais
The Port of Calais

Following talks with the French government yesterday, she said: "I'm very aware of the concerns that people have about the delays on Eurotunnel and the impact this is having on people in Kent in terms of the lorry stack, but also on the lorry drivers and on people's businesses.

"The UK government will be putting up to £7 million into improving the security at Coquelles to help Eurotunnel run smoothly.

"We need to ensure that we're dealing with the terrible criminal gangs, the people smugglers, who are leading to many people making a profit out of the human misery of many people.

"We've agreed we'll work together to return migrants, particularly to west Africa to ensure that people see that making this journey does not lead to them coming to Europe and being able to settle here."

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