PM promises sniffer dogs and fences for Calais crisis

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AFTER a fourth night of disorder at the Calais Eurotunnel terminal, as people hoping to travel to the UK again attempted to breach security and enter the tunnel, the prime minister said more fencing and sniffer dogs would be sent to assist French border controls.
David Cameron was speaking after the Cobra emergency committee met on Friday (July 31). He also warned that disturbances at the port were likely to continue throughout the summer.
“We are absolutely on it. We know it needs more work,” Cameron said, and added that a senior ministerial team would continue to work on the issue. “We rule nothing out in dealing with this very serious problem.”
He said that he would be meeting French president Francois Hollande on Friday, and acknowledged that additional policing provided by France had already had some effect in reducing the pressure on the border.
In Kent, Ministry of Defence land will also be used to provide space for lorries to park as they queue for heavily delayed tunnel access. Labelled ‘Operation Stack,’ goods vehicles have waited up to 18 hours to cross the channel, while tourist traffic too has been held up for hours at a time.

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