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Freight companies call for action at ports

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Freight companies in Kent are urging the government to meet French officials to help protect freight lorry drivers in Calais following reports of increased migrant activity.

According to drivers, rubbish bins were placed on the entry to the Port of Calais and vehicles were attacked with stones, as migrants attempted to board freight lorries travelling towards the port.

A Czech driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Members of the Tunbridge Wells-based Freight Transport Association (FTA) estimate that approximately 700 migrants have returned to the Port of Calais region, after the camp known as the Jungle was closed in October last year.

The Freight Transport Association also recently called on Theresa May to meet newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron as they fear he could tear up the treaty on border controls between the two countries, which might spark gridlock across Kent.