Hundreds of migrants attack police in Calais, leaving seven officers injured

Around 300 migrants violently attacked police, reportedly with iron bars and sticks in Calais on Tuesday evening, according to reports from French media outlets.

Seven members of the police force’s general reserve were injured in the attack, as authorities fear a return to the days of the Calais Jungle with more migrants arriving in the northern region.

“This is the first time since the end of the Jungle that such a level of violence has been reached” a spokesperson for the Pas-de-Calais prefecture warned.

According to French media, tensions rose after fifty migrants attempted to enter the port area at around 3am on Wednesday morning. When pushed back by authorities, more migrants returned to force their way into the restricted area. The scuffles reportedly lasted until 8am.

“We had 32 bruised colleagues, seven had to go to the hospital for additional examinations. At least one was prescribed 14 days of ITT” Manuel Vanoeteghem of the Alliance Police Nationale union told France Bleu.

French lawmaker from the centre-right Republicans party, Eric Ciotti, called for the migrants’ immediate expulsion from the country.

“300 migrants with iron bars and sticks attack our police in Calais. I ask for their immediate expulsion from the national territory, they have nothing more to do in France,” Ciotti posted on Twitter.

It is the latest in a long line of attacks by migrants against French authorities, including the murder of a police woman in Rambouillet this year, and most recently an attack on another female police officer in Nantes last week.

The number of migrants queuing up in Calais will be an immediate concern for Brits worried about illegal immigration from the continent after a record weekend of arrivals over the bank holiday weekend.

Footage circulating on social media showed Border Force vessels taxiing dozens if not hundreds of undocumented migrants to British shores on Tuesday after dinghies had been escorted in UK waters by French patrol boats.