British truckers 'being attacked by knife-wielding migrants desperate to get to Britain'

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Truck drivers say they are being regularly attacked by migrants who are trying desperately to get into Britain from France.

Dozens of hauliers claim they have been assaulted by the migrants – many armed with knives and batons – who react violently when they are discovered hiding in trucks bound for the UK.

The British drivers are now calling on ministers to put pressure on the French government to take tougher action against those who are targeting them, sometimes on a nightly basis.

Mervyn Osgood, 54, a haulier from Maidstone, Kent, said: ‘I’ve been threatened with a Stanley knife – it’s happening once a week.

‘They’re not afraid to use violence – they’ve got nothing to lose. But I’ve everything to lose; this is my livelihood and I’ve been doing it for 35 years.

‘You’ve got to be a brave bloke to tackle them – they carry home-made batons as well. They get a length of hosepipe, shove metal bars down the end and start waving it at you – it’s a nasty piece of kit.

”the police know they’re there but nothing is done”

‘But the French police aren’t interested so you have to round up the fellas and get them out of your trucks yourselves.’ And he criticised the authorities for trying to pin the blame on drivers.

‘British immigration are worse than the French,’ Mr Osgood said. ‘They try and blame us for letting them on our trailers – they think we’re taking bribes.

‘I had four stow away with me in October and I was arrested and held for six hours. I’ve still got an £8,000 fine hanging over me.’

Gary Saunders, 50, a haulier from Basingstoke, Hampshire, who has been working the Dover to Calais route for 30 years, said: ‘There are hundreds of migrants trying to break into the trailers every night.

‘They wait for a back door to open if they think a truck is about to go and climb on board. And they hide in the bushes at the end of the road – the police know they’re there but nothing is done. continues here

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