Moment African ‘teenage’ migrants chase after UK-bound vans in broad daylight in sleepy village in northern France, where it’s ‘easier’ to target drivers than in Calais
- Desperate migrants targeting smaller coastal villages in bid to get to Britain
- Northern ports have less security than the heavily policed Calais or Dunkirk
- Sleepy Normandy town of Ouistreham sees daily attempts to board vehicles
- Migrants sleep in ditches on edge of town waiting for chance to chase lorries
Desperate migrants have moved on to coastal villages further along the French coast in their bid to get to Britain because the less fortified towns have fewer security patrols than the heavily policed Calais border, Sky News found.
In the quiet Normandy fishing port of Ouistreham, more than 200 miles from Calais, young African men and boys were filmed clambering in broad daylight to get on board trucks and vans in their bid to reach the UK.
This morning @SkyNews we are looking at the continued pressures & strains migration is causing in Northern France. We’ve filmed scores of young Sudanese teenagers dangerously chancing it on trucks to the UK – not in Calais but at a smaller less secure port – 🎥 THREAD pic.twitter.com/2pBdqClF8M
— Mark Stone (@Stone_SkyNews) September 7, 2018
The Normandy fishing port of Ouistreham sees daily attempts by African migrants trying to board lorries and truck bound for Britain
Young men chase a lorry down the small coast town in a desperate bid to get to the UK
Town’s such as Ouistreham are easier to target due to the narrow roads, which mean trucks have to go slower and there are less police around than at the heavily guarded port of Calais
One attempt to board a vehicle happened as a truck went round a corner and three men tried to pull the back doors open then jump inside, but the truck was going too fast.
Another clip shows 10 migrants successfully pulling open a set of back doors before all but two managed to climb in the back without the driver realising.
A further clip showed a group of around nine African men desperately chasing a red lorry as it went down a main road in the town, without getting near it to open the doors.
The port of Caen sits in Ouistreham, with daily ferry services to Portsmouth. Trucks and vans are vulnerable because drivers have to pass through the narrow roads and streets and often at slow speeds.
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