Militants May Be in Calais Camp

Militants May Be in Calais CampMilitants May Be in Calais Camp

The so-called jungle camp in Calais may be a refuge for returning militants to “hide in plain sight” before “smuggling themselves” into the UK, a former head of police counter-terrorism has said.

During a visit to inspect the area, Kevin Hurley added that he was concerned the camp was “completely un-policed”. But the head of a charity working at the camp called his claim “ridiculous”.

Calais is a port city in northern France. Across the English Channel from the cliff-top town of Dover, it’s the principal ferry crossing point between France and England. The camp has grown in recent months and is now home to thousands of migrants, BBC reported.

Hurley said he was worried the camp was “a potential hiding space” and that people there could be exploited by organized criminals. “If I were a returning militant, I would smuggle myself in amongst this group; you would easily get lost,” he said.

Speaking to migrants at the camp, Hurley was told that there were dangerous people staying in the “jungle”. One migrant said there were people at the camp who were “working for way of Daesh”, although they were not part of the militant group.

Daesh is an acronym of the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group’s previous name in Arabic.

A former Scotland Yard counter-terrorist investigator said he had similar worries about the “jungle”. David Videcette said the “biggest risk” from the camp was UK nationals “who are trying to avoid detection by police ... are now attempting to reenter the country claiming to be asylum seekers”.

However, the founder of Care4Calais, a UK charity set up to help migrants staying in the camp, dismissed the claims as “the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard”.

Clare Moseley said: “You would have to be the world’s stupidest terrorist to try and enter Britain as a refugee, because when you come as a refugee you are subject to detailed background checks.”

Home Secretary Theresa May has previously told MPs all refugees coming to Britain will be subject to rigorous security checks to make sure IS militants are not among them.

Nevertheless, Hurley insisted that it was not possible to carry out such detailed checks.  “You can’t check a person with no passport coming from a fractured country”, he said.