Concern as migrants break into UK-bound lorry more than three hours from Calais

There are concerns that migrants in France looking to get into the UK are targeting trucks much further away from Calais, after one was broken into more than three hours away from the port.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) received a report from one of its members that two migrants attempting to illegally enter the UK had broken into a truck in Reims – 170 miles away from Calais.

It’s thought that they had got in when the truck’s driver last took a break in Reims. They were discovered at Calais by customs officers.

This comes shortly after another British haulier had spoken to the media about the dangers UK-bound truckers face along the coast at Caen.

“Despite the millions of pounds UK taxpayers have forked out on security in France, truckers are still running a dangerous gauntlet of migrants desperate to reach the UK,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett.

“Lorry drivers are fearful every time they cross the Channel and we advise them not to stop within 150 miles of Calais, but it’s clear that this problem is no longer confined to port areas. Traffickers are targeting UK lorries in towns and cities further afield – so if it’s Reims today where will it be tomorrow?”

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