Shocking Moment of Migrants Sprinting After Lorry to Reach Britain

Published November 8th, 2018 - 10:00 GMT
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This is the shocking moment a group of desperate migrants sprint after a lorry and risk their lives as they try to jump on board and head to Britain.

In the video the refugees are seen lying in wait for the British lorry, sprinting alongside it and trying to leap on the back as it heads for a ferry port in northern France.

The group, who ignore the danger of a second lorry following behind, spring on the back of the lorry when it slows down for a roundabout but are thwarted when the vehicle speeds back up towards 30mph.

The footage was filmed in the Normandy town of Ouistreham, which is close to the ferry terminal at Caen and has recently become a target for migrants trying to cross the Channel.

Moments later a second group try their luck when the truck brakes to negotiate a corner, as a handful of them hurl themselves onto the back.

French police then arrive on the scene to detain the men.

The dramatic footage was taken from a dashcam in the second lorry, which was was travelling in convoy with the vehicle in front which was carrying a flight simulator.

Migrants are targeting the small port town in northern France because it is easier to get on board than in Calais, a Sky News report claimed earlier this year.

Mark Dennis, the driver of the second truck, is from Southampton, Hampshire, but has lived in Limoges, south west France, for two and a half years.

The 41-year-old said the problem is a daily occurrence and is getting worse.

He estimates that there are over 100 migrants who line the streets in the space of less than a mile before the ferry terminal.

He said: 'The situation is pretty bad at the moment. There are over 100 migrants lining the street of the village which you have to drive through to get to the ferry terminal.

'There are several roundabouts and chicanes so the abnormal load lorries are very vulnerable when they have to slow down as the migrants will try and get on them and bury themselves in the load.

'The police seem to allow this and then follow the lorry to the ferry terminal where they pull it over and round up the migrants.

'One of the migrants' strategies is to hurl themselves in front of a car so the lorry behind has to brake suddenly and they can get on the back then.

'I feel for the migrants as they must be really desperate to get in this country but it is very alarming for lorry drivers.

'You fear you are going to run someone over and the authorities seem powerless to stop what's going on.

'I drive that route often and this is happening all the time - if anything, things are getting worse.'

Nearly 1,000 people are still camped out in northern France desperately hoping to get into Britain, despite the demolition of the Calais jungle in October 2016.

Most of the migrants in the small fishing town of Ouistreham have fled from war-torn Sudan.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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