Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lorry Driver Seriously Injured Outside Calais in Migrant Hijacking

Victim Hit in Head with Brick
Shipping News Feature
FRANCE – A lorry driver has been seriously injured by migrants who hijacked his lorry in a vain attempt to cross the Channel into the UK. According to reports the driver was forced to stop on the A16 motorway outside Calais and hit in the head with a brick when he dismounted his vehicle. The migrants then took the lorry and attempted to reach Calais before being stopped by the Police five miles down the road. The driver is currently in hospital with a serious head injury.

The attack marks the first attempt at a hijacking by migrants trying to reach the UK and comes just over a month after a Polish van driver was killed in an incident caused by a migrant barricade on the road. The advice to freight truck drivers is to take especial care and stay in their vehicles. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) Chief Executive Richard Burnett said:

“This latest development is extremely disturbing and comes as a stark warning to UK-bound hauliers that migrants will stop at nothing to reach our shores.

“In this instance the truck itself was hi-jacked, the driver was attacked with a brick and he ended up in hospital with a severe head injury. Since this situation began we have stressed that migrants are putting the lives of HGV drivers at risk.

“This latest method of actually targeting and hi-jacking vehicles is a new one and clearly shows that the desperation of migrants to get to the UK has reached new heights.

“It’s clear that migrants will stop at nothing to cross the Channel. Less than six weeks ago we saw the death of a driver as a result of migrant action. Security at the Port must be increased before the unthinkable happens and another driver loses their life.”