New Intrusion By Migrants Sparks Delays In Channel Tunnel

Police officers stand in the road to prevent migrants from climbing aboard trucks travelling to Britain.

Police officers stand in the road to prevent migrants from climbing aboard trucks travelling to Britain.

Police officers stand in the road to prevent migrants from climbing aboard trucks travelling to Britain.

Trucks travelling through the Channel Tunnel were hit with new delays Friday after migrants seeking to reach Britain climbed aboard a freight train, a spokesman for Eurotunnel said. At around 11:30 (0930GMT) there was an alert because of the presence of migrants on a freight train,” he told AFP. “The police and security personnel carried out an inspection and removed the migrants,” who had climbed aboard a train carrying trucks after entering the tunnel through a “less secure” point. “The tunnel is now fully reopened for commercial traffic.” The incident came the day after  the French and British Interior Ministers, Bernard Cazeneuve and Theresa May, signed an agreement to set up a new “command and control center” to tackle smuggling gangs in Calais. Under the deal signed in Calais, British teams will help bust smuggling gangs and reduce nightly attempts by desperate migrants and refugees to break into the Channel Tunnel. Some 3,000 people from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are camped in Calais in slum-like conditions, and at least nine have died trying to cross over into Britain.

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