Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Riot Police Stand by as Migrants Are Told to Leave 'Jungle' Demolition Zone

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Riot Police Stand by as Migrants Are Told to Leave 'Jungle' Demolition Zone

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Byline: Peter Allen in Calais

HUNDREDS of riot police today began moving into the Calais "Jungle" as UK-bound immigrants were told to "get out" of the huge refugee camp.

The move follows a court order last week that gave the French authorities the legal right to destroy the south side of the sprawling shanty town.

Officers used megaphones to say "Please evacuate the area", but migrants asked, "Where are we meant to go?" Yesterday, there were false reports that the area had been flattened by bulldozers, but none have been used on the south side. Last month, an uninhabited area was cleared of bushes and trees to make it easier for police to spot migrants trying to get on to the main road where they had been stopping lorries.

"No attempt has yet been made to destroy the south side of the camp," said a police officer, as 55 police vans moved into place. "We are here today to try to get those living in the south side of the camp to move on."

The vans contained hundreds of CRS personnel, the elite security force that deal with urban disturbances. …

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