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BBC reporter. Stands on clifftops.
Oct 12 5 tweets 1 min read
The boss of the Port of Dover tells MPs he’s concerned about new checks to enter the EU due to come into force next May: ‘We do not have a solution that’s going to work in a very busy ferry terminal’. Doug Bannister says it could take a car of four people ten minutes to get through the new biometric checks at Dover.
Oct 6 9 tweets 2 min read
The POA union raises serious concerns about the situation at the migrant-processing centre at Manston, saying the target of holding people for up to two days is now ‘purely aspirational’, with people now on the site for up a week. POA: ‘We have had reports of incidents escalating, altercations between residents boiling over and resulting in injury with police having to be called to the site to investigate assaults and provide support to staff.’
Mar 23, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has announced what she’s describing as the ‘biggest overhaul of the UK’s asylum system in decades’. She says access to the system will be based on genuine need of refuge, not on the ability to pay people smugglers. For the first time, how people enter the UK is to directly impact the status of their asylum claim and right to stay, under plans unveiled by the government.
Jul 25, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Department for Transport confirms that anyone arriving into the UK from Spain from midnight tonight will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Foreign Office is now advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.
Feb 15, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
The Coastguard is coordinating a search-and-rescue operation after reports of a man overboard from a vessel off Margate Harbour. Lifeboats from Ramsgate and Margate have been sent, along with the helicopter from Lydd and a police RHIB. A Royal Navy ship is helping in the search for a man believed to have gone overboard off Margate.
Feb 10, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
After the battering of #StormCiara, Southeastern Railway says the vast majority of routes are open with a normal service, though they've made a few changes listed below. Image DFDS says sailings from Dover have resumed, but they are expecting further disruption today. #StormCiara Image
Feb 7, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
102 migrants crossed the Channel today in small boats - a new record. After a record number of migrants arrived today by boat, the Security Minister Brandon Lewis said: 'We are tackling illegal migrant crossings on all fronts. And it’s working. The majority of migrants who attempt this journey are being stopped'.
Feb 6, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
90 migrants arrived today in eight boats - believed to be a record figure for a single day. Image 15 of the 90 migrants picked up by Border Force today said they were minors.