• Calais crisis: French charities slammed for giving BIKES to migrants hoping to break into Britain

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    Aid workers said they will help people at makeshift camp known as The Jungle make the six-mile supply run into Calais .Charity groups in France have been slammed for handing bikes to migrants hoping to break into Britain, writes Patrick Gysin in the Sunday People .
    Aid workers say they will help people at the makeshift camp known as the The Jungle make the six-mile supply run into Calais.
    But critics warn it will also make it easier for them to reach Channel Tunnel terminals and ports for the desperate nightly bids to reach the UK – which can prove fatal.
    It is believed around 1,000 bikes have already been donated and volunteers are teaching the ­migrants how to maintain them.
    Folkestone MP Damian Collins said: “If people are really giving them the equipment and helping them fix the bikes then that is wrong and it shouldn’t be happening. I heard a story of migrants ­trying to swim to the UK.
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    “A call must be made for people not to provide equipment to desperate people that could potentially lead them to death.”
    Donald Armour of the Freight Transport Association added: “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing but clearly it is happening. I guess it is the French charities which are providing cycles.”
    However, he added: “With or without bikes, they are going to try to get on the vehicles.”
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    More than 5,000 people from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are thought to be living in the ramshackle community on the outskirts of Calais. Aid ­workers say living conditions there have deteriorated rapidly in the past few months with a lack of food, blankets and shelter leading to growing tensions.
    Calais Migrant Solidarity has set up an appeal for supplies. Its website says: “We need tents, tarps and sleeping bags. Bikes, bike trailers and bike repair stuff are always needed and really useful for people to stay mobile and get around.”
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    One charity worker added: “The migrants need bicycles as here is very, very far from the centre.”
    Meanwhile, Tory Mr Collins claimed the migrant crisis is hitting Kent hard. He said: “I know of a farmer who ­cannot get his wheat out to sell. People do
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    Immigrants riding bicycles at the Jungle camp in Calais France

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