Migrants from the Calais Jungle camp are using a deadly new tactic in their attempts to get to Britain.
Ruthless gangs are deliberately causing crashes on the roads to the French port by hurling large objects at cars – then sneaking on to lorries caught up in the resulting tailbacks.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has spoken out after a team of Mail on Sunday journalists narrowly escaped death last week when three migrants threw a log at their car, forcing it into the path of a 38-ton juggernaut.
After being briefed about the incident, Ms Rudd issued a statement describing the development as ‘extremely concerning’.
‘It’s vital that people feel safe when using the Channel ports. This shows just how it is in all our interests to combat attempts to enter the UK illegally.’
Reporter Ben Ellery, 32, and photographers Steve Burton and John McLellan who are staff of MailOnline were all injured when their British-registered Audi swerved to avoid the missile. But not before they filmed the whole incident.
The gang hit the lorry, sending their vehicle spinning out of control. The juggernaut dragged the car sideways for about 50 yards.
The three men were later rushed to hospital for treatment. Ellery’s head was gashed to the bone after it struck the steering wheel, and he required eight stitches.
McLellan, 60, was left with deep cuts to his face, and Burton, 57, suffered a gash on his head and severe bruising to his back.
The journalists were there because they had been investigating a shocking explosion of violence at the squalid migrant camp and the growing number of attacks on trucks heading for Britain.
The journalists filmed migrants who had placed a branch on to the carriageway to force UK-bound traffic to stop. A third member of the gang is out of shot.One man tried to climb into the gap between the cab and the trailer of the stopped lorry in Calais.MailOnline reporting team injured after the crash. Pictured above, Ben Ellery (left) and photographer John McLellan.The Audi belonging to Mail on Sunday Reporter Ben Ellery was written off in the collision with a lorry in Calais.