Calais mi­grant dies af­ter be­ing run over by Bri­tish driver

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A mi­grant from the so-called Calais “jun­gle” has died af­ter be­ing run over by a Bri­tish driver.

The Eritrean mi­grant was part of a group that were throw­ing rocks at pass­ing cars on the A16 mo­tor­way in a bid to make them slow down so they could climb on top of them, ac­cord­ing to French news­pa­per La Voix du Nord.

The driver, who has not been named, ran over two mi­grants af­ter swerv­ing to avoid the pro­jec­tiles.

The male mi­grant was rushed to hos­pi­tal but died two hours later. The other, a woman, suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

A French po­lice spokesman said the driver stopped his car and at­tempted to the help the group but was forced to flee the scene when they at­tacked him.

“The driver who was at­tacked by mi­grants at the scene of the ac­ci­dent drove off and pre­sented him­self spon­ta­neously to bor­der po­lice present at the chan­nel tun­nel site,” he said, adding that an in­quiry had been launched.

The Bri­tish driver un­der­went breath tests for al­co­hol or drugs. Both were neg­a­tive.

Pas­cal Mar­conville, pros­e­cu­tor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, said: “(The driver) stopped to try and help the vic­tim but was vi­o­lently at­tacked by sev­eral mi­grants and thought it best to leave.” The in­ci­dent took place at around 8.30pm on Sun­day evening. It is un­der­stood that the driver has not been ar­rested and is help­ing po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Calais “jun­gle” is home to an es­ti­mated 9,000 mi­grants and refugees.

Many of them have fled con­flict or per­se­cu­tion and hope to claim asy­lum in France or the UK.

It comes as Bernard Cazeneuve, the French in­te­rior min­istry, ac­cused Bri­tain of shirk­ing its re­spon­si­bil­ity for child refugees who are stuck in the camp de­spite hav­ing fam­ily in the UK. “I am solemnly ask­ing Bri­tain to as­sume its moral duty,” Mr Cazeneuve told RTL ra­dio ahead of a trip to Lon­don to meet Am­ber Rudd, his Bri­tish coun­ter­part.

“There are sev­eral hun­dred un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors in Calais who have fam­ily in Bri­tain. We are in the process of draw­ing up a pre­cise list and the Bri­tish need to live up to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties - we have lived up to ours.”

Last week a hu­man rights watch­dog said it be­lieved the de­mo­li­tion of the camp could take place as soon as Oc­to­ber 17.

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