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Eurotunnel disrupted by migrant 'intrusions' for third day

  • 21 October 2015
  • From the section England
Eurotunnel train in Coquelles, France Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Services have been disrupted for three days running

Eurotunnel services have been disrupted for the third time in three days after intruders got into the French terminal.

They were suspended for about an hour earlier because of "intruder activity on our French platforms" at Coquelles, the Channel Tunnel operator said.

Eurotunnel said normal services were resumed at about 08.45 BST on Wednesday.

Services were also suspended on Monday and Tuesday after intrusions by migrants in France.

'Security concern'

Eurotunnel chief executive, Jacques Gounon, blamed lax security on the French rail network for allowing people to target its terminals.

"If I have only one concern, it is the fact that the very efficient security we have on the Eurotunnel terminal does not exist on the SNCF part.

"I am creating some pressure on the French government in order for the government to deal with this public issue."

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is due to visit migrant camps on the outskirts of Calais later.

A total of 16 people have been killed in or near the tunnel trying to get to the UK since June.

The Home Office said it had recently spent £7m on security measures at Coquelles and continued to work with the French authorities to monitor the situation.

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