Newly reinforced security fences appear to have failed to keep out migrants trying to get to the Channel Tunnel as footage shows groups on train tracks
Desperate migrants hoping to reach Britain have stormed the recently reinforced security fence close to the Channel Tunnel in broad daylight as French paratroopers stood by.
UK-bound Eurostar services were slowed to a crawl by the significant number of men who managed to access tracks close to the Channel Tunnel entrance.
Sky reported that migrants had also entered the tunnel, and on one Eurostar train which was slowed down passengers were told delays were due to “trespassers”.
Migrants were seen sitting on the highspeed tracks used by Eurostar, Eurotunnel and freight services at around 1pm.
At least two dozen men managed to breach the new defences heralded in a joint appearance by Home Secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve last week.
In recent months French authorities in Calais have been overwhelmed by a deluge of migrants attempting to illegally enter Britain through the Channel rail link.
However, today’s developments are a setback to recent Anglo-French efforts to bring the crisis under control.
Witnesses aboard passing Eurostar services voiced concern for the groups of men who appeared to be waiting for a UK-bound freight train to pass.
Several detachments of French paratroopers were positioned nearby but stood by, apparently reluctant to intervene on the busy rail route.