Migrant Violence Rises In Calais As Police Numbers Decline

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The situation at the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp has become “uncontrollable” as police numbers drop and migrant numbers rise, the town’s mayor has said. Natacha Bouchart said that migrant numbers at the camps around Calais had reached a record 9,000 and is continuing to grow, with about 100 new arrivals each day. Meanwhile, police union delegate Denis Hurth said the number of officers in the town had declined, with fewer than 1,000 presently in Calais, compared to 1,300 in August last year. By comparison, there were only 6,000 migrants in the town last August. Ms Bouchart said many officers had been redeployed to the European football championship in June and not been sent back after it had concluded. As a result, people smugglers and far left activists have been able to strengthen their hold on the camps, while migrants themselves are becoming more daring in attacking vehicles and attempted to stow away on trucks heading for the UK. “The police are not enough and they are exhausted,” Ms Bouchard told France 3. “It has been over a year since I have been asking for the army to come. Today, there is no vetting system, we do not know who is coming