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- French government logged 17,867 efforts to break into port and Channel Tunnel
- Asylum seekers also tried 12,349 times to stow away on Britain-bound lorries
- Figures come nearly a year after closure of the notorious Jungle migrant camp
Migrants have made 30,000 attempts to reach Britain from Calais this year despite costly security measures.
The French interior ministry logged 17,867 efforts to break into the fortified zone around the port and Channel Tunnel.
Asylum seekers also tried 12,349 times to stow away on UK-bound lorries. The figures come nearly a year after the closure of the notorious Jungle migrant camp in Calais – raising fears of another shantytown springing up there.
The French insist only around 350 migrants are in the Calais area yet charities say the true figure is at least twice that.
Small groups are sleeping rough in woodland a few hundred yards from the Jungle camp that was once home to 10,000 people.
Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP for Dover and Deal, last night urged French president Emmanuel Macron to get a grip on the situation. ‘The shocking figures underline the importance of keeping the border between Dover and Calais strong, safe and secure,’ he said.
‘It matters to France every bit as much as Britain because a strong border means that Calais will not act as a magnet.
‘Migrants would not go there if they knew they had no hope.’
A direct comparison with figures from last year is not available. But previous estimates from the French authorities suggested there were between 25,000 and 28,000 attempts to breach border security around Calais from January to August 2016.
All the statistics relate to individual attempts to find a way into Britain and may represent multiple efforts by the same people. It remains unclear how many migrants have sneaked into Britain this year through Calais.
A spokesman for Eurotunnel insisted last night that its security arrangements were robust and the continued pressure had not affected operations.
The most dangerous route into Britain remains the roads surrounding the ports, with 40 migrants and a Polish lorry driver dying since 2015. Ukip MEP Mike Hookem said it was ‘only a matter of time before more truckers are killed or injured’ in clashes with would-be stowaways.
Crowds of migrants gather at night in Calais to receive food and aid packages prepared by local charities. They can also be seen walking on busy roads leading to the port, dangerously dashing out in front of traffic. Last week some were escorted off a tourist coach heading for Britain.
After shutting down the Jungle, French officials moved migrants to accommodation centres dotted around the country in a bid to ease the pressure on Calais.
Tensions with local officials rose again last week when French ministers announced the opening of two centres roughly 50 miles from Calais.
Small buses arrived in the port yesterday to take the migrants to the two developments, one a historic abbey in a quaint village.
Aid workers have told migrants that travelling to the centres could result in deportation to the first EU country they were logged in under Dublin regulations.
France’s top administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, ruled last week that the treatment of migrants and refugees around Calais was unlawful and said water and sanitation facilities must be set up.
Charities and human rights groups had argued that the squalid conditions of the makeshift camps were inhumane. Many of the refugees and migrants have developed skin diseases because they have no way of washing themselves or their clothes.
Calais deputy mayor Philippe Mignonet responded to the ruling by claiming ‘a new jungle could emerge any time if we are not careful’.
Mr Macron has promised to ensure no migrants are on the streets by the end of the year, pledging to provide them with ‘dignified’ housing. His government has bought 62 cheap hotels across the country from the Formule 1 chain and is turning them into shelters for 6,000 people.
Interior minister Gerard Collomb said on Sunday that France did not ‘want to repeat past experiences, where we started with a centre of 400 people and finished at 8,000’.
- An estimated 20,000 girls suffer at the hands of FGM in the UK every year
- However, a large number these are from African and Middle Eastern families
- Many felt that the photo was too 'PC' and did not reflect the siutation accurately
Children's charity Barnado's has come under fire for using a photo of a white girl to publicise a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM).
An estimated 20,000 girls suffer in the UK a year at the hands of FGM, but a disproportionate amount of these are from African or Middle Eastern families.
The group tweeted: 'FGM is particularly prevalent during school holidays. Here are some signs a girl may be at risk' and linked to an article about the horrifying subject.'
However, the group was forced into backtrack into an apology after it chose to use a picture of a causasian girl to accompany it.
One Twitter user replied: ;might as well of used a picture of a boy instead of a white european girl. he would be just as likely to be a victim of fgm than pic used'.
Another said: 'Hardly a representative photo is it. Political correctness obviously more important to Barnardo's than being honest about FGM issue.'
A third added: 'they darent put a pic of an african or middle eastern girl for fear of offending muslims . how much more of this pc c*** can we endure ?'
And one person even suggested it could affect their income, saying: 'I know of two people who will no longer donate to your charity because of this dishonesty.'
Five days after the original tweet, after some of the criticism had begun to attract attention, Barando's tweeted an apology, but also warned it is also an issue for white girls.
The charity said: 'FGM doesn’t affect just one community or religion. Regardless, we’re sorry for any upset caused. We value constructive & robust feedback'.
In the article that was published with the controversial image, Barnardo's said there were 1,236 new cases of female genital mutilation recorded in England between January and March this year.
Of these, 84% happened before the girl had reached her 10th birthday and 17% took place before she had turned one.
- A total of 17 men and a woman have been convicted of sex and drugs offences
- They plied vulnerable young girls with drink and drugs at sex 'sessions' in city
- A total of 461 people were arrested and police say there were 278 victims
- Police say they have 'thrown the kitchen sink' at bringing the gang to justice
An Asian sex gang plied vulnerable young girls with drink and drugs at 'sex parties' in Newcastle, it can be revealed today.
A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution, in a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court.
Older men preyed on immature teenagers who were plied with cocaine, cannabis, alcohol or mephedrone, then raped or persuaded into having sexual activity at parties known as 'sessions'.
Saiful Islam (left) bought one victim Malibu and took her to house where he and friends knew they could abuse girls and coerced her into having sex. Yasser Hussain (right) hosted 'parties'
Redwan Siddique (left) told a victim to have sex with him in return for drugs. Mohammed Azram (right) admitted five drugs offences, on count of sexual assault and one of inciting prostitution
Mohammed Hassan Ali (left) met his 15-year-old victim at a party and started a relationship after she claimed to be 18 but he continued to have sex with her after finding out her real age. Carolann Gallon (right) who was aged 17 and 18 at the time, admitted three offences of trafficking girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
Northumbria Police launched a major investigation after receiving information from social workers and initially spoke to 108 potential victims.
Over the course of four trials, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014.
Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and were mainly British-born, with most living in the West End of Newcastle.
The court heard that one of the men convicted, 37-year-old Badrul Hussain, was heard telling a ticket collector on the Tyne and Wear Metro: 'All white women are good for one thing, for men like me to f*** and use as trash, that is all women like you are worth.'
The sex ring was exposed when two women spoke to the authorities in 2013 and within weeks police had made 27 arrests under an investigation which became known as Operation Shelter.
During a series of trials that followed, one young person gave evidence on six separate occasions in front of six different juries about her plight.
Eisa Mousavi (left) was convicted of three counts of rape and two counts of supplying drugs. Prabhat Nelli (right) was convicted of two counts of supplying drugs and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution
Taherul Alam (left) was convicted of supplying drugs, attempting to sexually assault, and inciting prostitution. Nashir Uddin (right) was convicted of sexual assault, inciting prostitution and drugs offences
Mohibur Rahman (left) admitted conspiracy to incite prostitution and drugs charges. Jahanger Zaman (right) was convicted of rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution
A total of 17 men and one woman have now been convicted of a string of offences and face jail when they are sentenced next month.
Four of the men - Mohammed Ali, Solful Islam, Yasser Hussain and Redwan Siddquee - have already been sent to prison for a total of 20 years and four months.
Northumbria Police Chief Constable Steve Ashman said in a statement today: 'To date we have arrested 461 people, spoken to 703 potential complainants and have found 278 victims.
'In total we now have 93 convictions delivering more than 300 years of imprisonment in addition to today's convictions.'
He added: 'Many of us will never understand the traumatic experience some of these women and girls have endured and they have my wholehearted commitment that, together with our partners, we will continue to provide them with all the support they need. They have trusted us and we must not let them down.
'We have thrown the kitchen sink at this - a team of 50 officers have worked on this inquiry for almost three and a half years and continue to do so.
'We have not and will not stop. We have employed every technique available to us, covert and overt, in tackling the problem.'
Nadeem Aslam (left) was convicted of drugs offences. Abdul Sabe (right) was convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, conspiracy to traffic for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to sexual assault
Chief Constable Ashman added: 'There has been no political correctness here. These are criminals and there has been no hesitation in arresting them and targeting them using all the means at our disposal.
'It is for individual communities to ask themselves whether they are doing all they can to eradicate such attitudes and behaviour so that the stigma and shame attached to such people prevents it from rearing its head again.
'The communities that we work with are appalled at this offending and we have encountered nothing other than the fullest of support from them all.'
Prosecutor John Elvidge told Newcastle Crown Court at the start of one of the trials: 'The prosecution say the case concerns the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young women and girls in Newcastle.
'The events happened over a period of time between 2010 and 2014 and involved immature young women and teenage girls being exploited, say the prosecution, by a group of older men, using drugs and alcohol.'
The prosecutor added: 'You will hear the girls were exposed to a party culture where young women such as these were lured to parties known as sessions by the offer of intoxicants, alcohol and drugs, which were made freely available to them to incite them to perform sexual services in return.
'During this period of time this method of exploitation became well established in the West End of Newcastle particularly and provided a form of recreation for a group of men including these defendants, who were active in organising parties in the expectation the girls who came would be involved in sexual activity.
'The prosecution say in this period these defendants and other men were party to a conspiracy to incite prostitution using drugs and alcohol at these sessions or parties in Newcastle.
'Mcat was a drug of choice used to exploit young women.'
Who was in the sex gang and what did they all do?
Defendants who have been sentenced:
- Saiful Islam, 35, of Newcastle, was jailed for 10 years in January 2016 for raping a 15-year-old girl in 2011.
- Yasser Hussain, 28, of Newcastle, was jailed for two years in October 2015 for a sex attack and for allowing his premises to be used in the supply of drugs after a jury heard how he hosted parties.
- Mohammed Hassan Ali, 34, of Newcastle, was jailed for seven years in December 2015 for sexual activity with a child, supplying cannabis and possession with intent to supply M-Kat.
- Redwan Siddique, 32, of Newcastle, was jailed for 16 months in February for supplying M-Kat to a 19-year-old in return for sex at his student digs in 2013.
Defendants yet to be sentenced:
- Carolann Gallon, 22, from Newcastle, aged 17-18 at the time, admitted three offences of trafficking girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
- Mohammed Azram, 35, of Newcastle, admitted five drugs offences and was convicted of one count of sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain.
- Jahangir Zaman, 45, of Newcastle, was convicted of rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution.
- Nashir Uddin, 35, of Newcastle, was convicted of sexual assault, allowing premises to be used to supply drugs, conspiracy to incite prostitution and who admitted four counts of supplying drugs and three of possessing drugs.
- Abdulhamid Minoyee, 34, of Newcastle, was convicted of rape and sexual assault and pleaded guilty to supplying drugs.
- Eisa Mousavi, 42, of Newcastle, was convicted of three counts of rape, two counts of supplying drugs, allowing premises to be used for the supply of drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution.
- Monjur Choudhury, 33, of Newcastle, was convicted of supplying drugs, permitting premises to be used for the supply of drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution.
- Taherul Alam, 32, Newcastle, who was convicted of two counts of supplying drugs, one count of permitting premises to be used for supplying drugs, attempting to sexually assault, and of conspiracy to incite prostitution.
- Prabhat Nelli, 33, Newcastle, who was convicted of two counts of supplying drugs and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution.
- Nadeem Aslam, 43, Newcastle, who admitted possessing cannabis and was convicted of two counts of supplying drugs, one count of possessing drugs and one count of permitting premises to be used in the supply of drugs.
The final trial saw three men convicted and one man admit charges against him.
- Habibur Rahim, 34, of Fenham, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to incite prostitution, relating to eight different victims. He supplied them with cannabis and mephedrone and was also convicted of a number of trafficking for sexual exploitation offences. He was convicted of one count of rape.
- Abdul Sabe, 40, of Newcastle, was convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, conspiracy to traffic for sexual exploitation, conspiracy to sexual assault, and supplying drugs to victims. He was already on the sex offenders' register.
- Badrul Hussain, 37, of Newcastle, was convicted of allowing drugs to be used at his premises and of supplying drugs. He was cleared of inciting prostitution for gain.
- Mohibur Rahman, 44, known to victims as Jimmy, admitted conspiracy to incite prostitution and five drugs charges.
Defendants not yet sentenced will be back next month.
People are failing to take on the problem of Asian gangs abusing white girls because they are SCARED of being called a racist, Labour MP warns after Newcastle grooming scandal
Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, addresses a mass anti-war demonstration
Cherie Blair’s half-sister’s Muslim charity faces closure just four years after it was launched.
The Charity Commission has served a dissolution notice on Peace Trail with a view to removing it from its register. Lauren Booth, who converted to Islam in 2010, set up Peace Trail in 2013 with her husband, Sohale Ahmed, to help poor Muslims.
However, last year the Charity Commission launched an investigation after the charity failed to file any accounts since its inception. The Commission identified ‘serious regulatory concerns’ over more than £70,000 of spending and the channelling of funds through a bank account belonging to a company controlled by Booth’s husband.
The statutory inquiry is still ongoing. Peace Trail helps Muslims in need in England, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Pakistan. Shortly after its launch at Hilton Docklands hotel in London, which raised over £50,000 in donations, Booth embarked on a fundraising tour, speaking at events in Burnley, Rochdale, Middlesbrough and Birmingham.
Peace Trail, which employs one member of staff, finally filed accounts in March this year.
The unaudited accounts disclose that in 2013 income received was £86,579 and spending was £88,358.
In 2014, income received was £151,953 and spending was £151,580 (this included a £49,126 consultancy fee).
Booth, the sister-in-law of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, trained as an actress before switching to the media world and appeared as a contestant on the reality television programme I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here!
In 2008, she became active in Palestinian issues after spending time in Gaza and converted to Islam two years later.
She was soon dressing her two daughters by her ex-husband Craig Darby in hijabs and advertised for a Muslim husband on Facebook.
She wed Ahmed in 2013.
Booth, 50, is also a patron of rights group Cage, which called ISIS exectioner Mohammed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John, ‘beautiful’.
The Charity Commission tells me: ‘This action is not directly linked to the investigation — it’s not a sanction.
The regulations governing CIO [charitable incorporated organisations] require us to dissolve a CIO when we have reasonable cause to believe it is not in operation.’
The charity was unavailable for comment