We sailed from Ouistreham Port, in Caen, on Sunday 21/10/18. when we arrived in the town the evening before, we were surrounded by Migrant youths trying to get us to stop. There was a Shellfish Festival going on in the Centre so it was quite busy. We managed to get through and find the Aire to stay on for the night. We walked out into the town and could see the locals lined up watching the Migrants trying to climb aboard Lorries which were sailing that night. There were a few Police trying to stop them but they were allowed just to go back and sit on the wall and Try their luck on the next Lorry that came along.
During the night 2.30am, we were awoken by the shaking of the van, they were trying to open the Lockers underneath the van and also trying to remove our bikes from the back. This happened again at 4.30am, we didn’t dare open the door and it was very frightening.
We went in to queue at the Port at 6.30am in the dark. No Motorhomes were being checked. We could see that Lorries were being stopped and given a half hearted check over by a young female security person, with a very small torch.
When we were leaving the Port at Portsmouth we were asked if we were confident that it was just the two of us aboard our van!!!
Apparently they climb out of the Lorries in the garage and try to Board Motorhomes for an easier ride into the Country!
We crossed over from Ouistreham a couple of weeks ago on our way to Ireland. We caught the night sailing from Ouistreham. We had a meal in a port restaurant (Le Roulis) situated where the traffic slows down for lights, sharp curves and a roundabout on the entrance to the ferry terminal. As each heavy lorry approached, it was pursued by 25+ male African youths, running in the middle of the road, forcing open the rear doors of the trailer unit and climbing aboard. They were in turn pursued by a Gendarmerie car, lights and sirens on. Some lorry drivers increased their speed, sounded their horns and attempted to outrun the youths. Several lorries continued at a fast pace with their rear doors swinging open, highly dangerous. This spectacle continued throughout our meal. Someone will get killed. Talked with a local couple who said they have moved on from Calais and are destroying Ouistreham. The Africans seem to be camping in the woods on the outside of the town. The police presence is immense, from the entry to the town to the port. There is now a large mobile scaffolding tower where security staff scan the roofs of the high vehicles. We were both quite frightened, it was unpleasant. I think we will need to book St Malo for trips home from now on. As ever, the service on the Mont St Michel was superb, despite a problem with lowering the ramp on arrival, but we were kept informed.