13th July 2017 I was invited onto the BBC Victoria Derbyshire show this morning. Responding to the new Butler Sloss report on trafficking. Said what i want to say which is that while we might berate the French police for their harshness, the HOME OFFICE PAYS THE FRENCH POLICE TO DO THIS. With our tax dollar.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08xqb54/victoria-derbyshire-13072017 Item is at 01.07.53 -01.19.27
12th July 2017 Twice on the news today! The Butler-Sloss report on Trafficking is out so I’m back in Calais, working with ITV News (at 10) http://www.itv.com/news/2017-07-12/vulnerable-lone-child-refugees-have-been-failed-by-british-inaction-says-report/ and C4 News https://www.channel4.com/news/migration-crisis-are-we-fuelling-people-smuggling to get items out this evening Weds. Its horrendous- there are now several hundred kids back here, and they are sleeping in the woods, in pouring rain. They are constantly harassed by the CRS (riot police) who spray then with gas and with pepper spray. They also spray their blankets/sleeping bags/tents if they have any (given by Auberge des Migrants) with pepper spray which makes them unusable. Every night. No-one seems to think about a future plan for these young people. A daily round of sleeping in the wet, being shocked awake in the night by copes, hounded around the industrial waste land of Calais, (They’re not allowed to sleep ! as that would count as them being ‘resident’) then they spend the later day trying to get on trucks, trying to get anywhere that might not turn them away nor treat them like animals or crimials. Its one of the worst things I’ve seen on all my trips. We have to keep pushing to get a resolution.
4th July 2017
Dear all thanks so much those of you who’ve got to screenings ! See more listed at the side for July 11th and 18th.
The film is also going to be svcreened in Parliament and a number of other ways it will have real impact.
Crowd funding still going on so I can get phones and sim cards etc for all the kids we work with…
All very very best everyone!