CCTV cameras will be installed along the French coast in an attempt to put an end to migrant crossings in the English Channel

CCTV cameras will be installed along the French coast in an attempt to put an end to migrant crossings in the English Channel

  • Up to 60 CCTV cameras along the French coast to prevent migrants from crossing the Channel
  • They will cover more than ten miles of waterfront on the lookout for smugglers
  • Costs of £170,000 ‘Terminus’ project to be covered by Treaty of Sandhurst










Up to 60 CCTV cameras paid for by British taxpayers are to be installed along more than ten miles of French coastline in a bid to stop migrants crossing the Channel.

They will travel more than ten miles of waterfront on the lookout for smugglers leading migrants to the sea.

A dozen will line the beaches of Sangatte, 14 in Wissant, seven in Ambleteuse and five in Audresselles. Other sites are to be agreed, but UK authorities will not be able to access the footage.

Costs of the £170,000 ‘Terminus’ project will be covered by the Treaty of Sandhurst signed by the UK and France in 2018.

Up to 60 CCTV cameras paid for by British taxpayers are to be installed on more than ten miles of French coastline in a bid to stop migrants crossing the English Channel (file image)

MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke said: ‘These CCTV cameras will only make a difference if the French authorities act on what they see…’

The surveillance cameras will be active “24 hours a day, seven days a week”, said a spokesman for the local prefecture which covers Pas de Calais.

He added that “the images will be sent back in real time to police and gendarmerie officers”.

No less than 20 municipalities in Pas-de-Calais have come forward to benefit from British funding, according to the French daily La Voix du Nord.

A dozen will line the beaches of Sangatte, 14 in Wissant, seven in Ambleteuse and five in Audresselles.  Other sites are to be agreed, but UK authorities will not be able to access the footage.  Pictured: Migrants arriving in Dover after crossing the English Channel

A dozen will line the beaches of Sangatte, 14 in Wissant, seven in Ambleteuse and five in Audresselles. Other sites are to be agreed, but UK authorities will not be able to access the footage. Pictured: Migrants arriving in Dover after crossing the English Channel

Surveillance cameras will be active

The surveillance cameras will be active “24 hours a day, seven days a week”, said a spokesman for the local prefecture which covers Pas de Calais. Pictured: Migrants arriving in Dover after crossing the English Channel

The cameras will have four heads for 360 degree coverage and will be more advanced than the usual CCTV systems found in French cities.

French authorities have said the new surveillance network will also prevent the theft of boat engines in the area and eliminate the “constant” waste of petrol cans and life jackets.

The mayor of Audresselles, Antoine Benoît, hailed the system and said it “should help the police and the gendarmerie to fight against human trafficking”.

But he added: “We will not sign the decrees until we have seen the English money arrive.”

Brigitte Passebosc, mayor of Saint-Étienne-au-Mont, one of the towns affected, said there should be at least 60 cameras in all.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We do not comment on specific security arrangements for operational reasons.’

“We are determined to break the business model of dangerous criminal smugglers and prevent further loss of life in the Channel. It is right that we seek out all options to prevent illegal crossings and protect life at sea.


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