Shocking video shows Channel migrants attacking French officers trying to stop their crossing with makeshift weapons and rocks – as pair are jailed after being detained at Dover
- Salih Taib Abdullah and Ahmed Omar Saleh Khater were arrested in Dover
- The two migrants were both sentenced to more than a year in prison
Two migrants who were involved in an attack on French officers before arriving in the UK on a small boat have been jailed.
Salih Taib Abdullah, 33, from Iraq, and Ahmed Omar Saleh Khater, 25, from Sudan, were sentenced to a combined two years and two months in prison for attempting to arrive in the UK illegally at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday.
Violence broke out at Oye Plage near Calais in June when a team of UK-funded gendarmes came across a group of fifty-one migrants, including Abdullah and Khater, trying to launch a small boat to the UK, the Home Office said.
The migrants, some carrying makeshift weapons and rocks, attacked and injured the officers as they attempted to prevent their crossing.
Both men were quickly identified and arrested by British officers as soon as they reached Dover, following consultation between UK and French authorities.
Body-worn footage from the gendarmes showed Abdullah and Khater confronting French officers.
The men pleaded guilty to attempting to arrive in the UK without valid entry clearance at an earlier hearing.
Abdullah received a sentence of 14 months’ imprisonment while Khater received 12 months.
Charlie Eastaugh, director of international operations for the small boats operational command in the Home Office, said: ‘We will not tolerate violence against our French partners, particularly by those attempting dangerous and illegal small boat launches which threaten the border security of the UK.
‘Tension on French beaches is increasing due to the successful efforts of law enforcement in frustrating this organised criminal enterprise. Incidents like this highlight the complex and brave work of our French colleagues in the face of challenging conditions.
‘We will continue to work hand-in-hand with them to tackle the criminal gangs behind these deadly crossings, to protect our borders and s