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Driver spat at and pelted with rocks by migrants in Calais

This is the moment a lorry driver was forced to wrestle a desperate migrant trying to reach the UK before being spat at and pelted with rocks in Calais. 

The violence broke out after the car transporter driver noticed the man attempting to hide underneath a coat on the back seat of one of the vehicles he was towing.

He managed to drag the migrant, who suffered a bloodied lip, out by the feet before witnesses told of how things turned nasty.

A vehicle transporter driver was pictured wrestling a migrant from the back seat of a British-registered Peugeot 307 after the man tried to stow away on the back seat in Calais

After dragging the bloodied man out witnesses said the driver was spat at and pelted with stones by  gang of migrants hanging around at a service station near the port

After dragging the bloodied man out witnesses said the driver was spat at and pelted with stones by  gang of migrants hanging around at a service station near the port

Express reporter Giles Sheldrick, who was at the scene, said the migrant then spat at the lorry driver before other migrants loitering nearby grabbed rocks.

The group then pelted the driver and the vehicles he was towing with the stones.

Mr Sheldrick said that ugly incident was one of two he witnessed in just 30 minutes on Friday at unpoliced service stations along the N216 motorway which leads to the main ferry crossing.

It comes juts days after it was revealed that migrants made 30,000 attempts to reach Britain from Calais this year alone. 

The French interior ministry logged 17,867 efforts to break into the fortified zone around the port and Channel Tunnel.

Asylum seekers also tried 12,349 times to stow away on UK-bound lorries.

The ugly incident comes after it was revealed that migrants have made 30,000 attempts to sneak in the UK through Calais so far this year

The ugly incident comes after it was revealed that migrants have made 30,000 attempts to sneak in the UK through Calais so far this year

Emanuel Macron has been asked to provide more security for lorry drivers who claim of daily harassment by those trying to illegally reach the UK

Emanuel Macron has been asked to provide more security for lorry drivers who claim of daily harassment by those trying to illegally reach the UK

The French insist only around 350 migrants are in the Calais area yet charities say the true figure is at least twice that.

Small groups are sleeping rough in woodland a few hundred yards from the Jungle camp that was once home to 10,000 people.

Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP for Dover and Deal, last night urged French president Emmanuel Macron to get a grip on the situation. 

‘The shocking figures underline the importance of keeping the border between Dover and Calais strong, safe and secure,’ he said. 

‘It matters to France every bit as much as Britain because a strong border means that Calais will not act as a magnet.

‘Migrants would not go there if they knew they had no hope.’

A direct comparison with figures from last year is not available. But previous estimates suggested there were between 25,000 and 28,000 attempts to breach border security around Calais from January to August 2016. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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