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The search for the missing terrorist suspect triggered queues in TEN HOUR Dover


A major manhunt for a terrorist suspect who had his ankle shield removed and disappeared was the reason police closed the port of Dover yesterday and searched every vehicle in case he tried to escape the UK.

Huge 10-hour traffic jams were created and frustrations increased when officers thoroughly searched the suspect.

Only when the man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – surrendered to the police again, did the emergency stop.

Metropolitan Police and Kent Police officers searched all vehicles and passengers entering the major shipping hub yesterday morning as part of a so-called "sensitive" counter-terrorism operation.

Scotland Yard confirmed that a national anti-terrorist police request yesterday for "increased security checks in UK ports" in relation to "ongoing operational activities".

Last night, The Sun reported that the warning stemmed from the disappearance of a suspect subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures.

Onlookers watched in confusion as a convoy of flashing police cars drove into the terminal.

The operation resulted in a severe shutdown in the port and channel tunnel at Folkestone, which meant that the coastal M20 between Junctions 8 and 9 had to be converted into a truck park for freight vehicles.

Natalie Elphicke, MP for Dover & Deal, told MailOnline: “The Home Office must take all necessary steps to protect the country. However, this should not result in Dover stalling in the event of traffic problems in the port.

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal the reason

'There are many traffic management systems in place to keep Dover free. This time they didn't work, and I'm working with the various bodies involved to learn lessons and to remedy the situation. & # 39;

Locals complained of traffic chaos and howling police sirens as trucks drove through small villages to escape the chaos. Motorists reported queues of nine miles and delays of ten hours.

After their extensive checks resulted in a traffic jam, at 11 a.m. the police implemented Operation Stack, which prevented traffic from flowing to the Canal Tunnel and the port. It was shut down just an hour later, but it took hours to clear the queues.

A spokesman for the Met Police's counter-terrorism police said no arrests had been made at the port and said: “We can confirm that the counter-terrorism police made a national request for increased security checks in UK ports on September 15th.

& # 39; This was related to ongoing operations and this requirement has since been withdrawn. We would like to reassure the public that public safety is not endangered in relation to this activity and we thank everyone involved for their cooperation and understanding. & # 39;

A Kent Police spokesman added: “A police operation involving vehicle and passenger controls in the ports of Kent has been terminated. Border controls are now returning to normal. & # 39;

"The police operations have stopped and border controls are returning to normal."

A source told The Sun: “Fortunately, he was on the run for a short time and there was no threat to the public.

& # 39; If someone escapes on a TPim, a warning is automatically triggered for all ports. These are tough measures imposed for a reason. & # 39;

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to disclose the reason

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to disclose the reason

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal the reason

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal the reason

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to disclose the reason

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal the reason

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal the reason

WHAT IS OPERATION STACK?

Operation Stack is a procedure used by Kent Police and the Port of Dover to park (or stack) trucks on the M20 motorway in Kent when crossing the English Channel, e.g. B. through the Channel Tunnel or from the port of Dover. are disturbed.

Operation Stack is administered by the Kent Police Force using powers under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and coordinated by a multi-agency group called Operation Fennel.

According to Damian Green MP, the system was implemented 74 times in the 20 years from its inception to 2007.

Operation Stack is typically implemented whenever there is an urgent need to cut off traffic to the Channel Tunnel and the Port of Dover, which handle 90 percent of freight traffic between the UK and Europe.

There are officially only 550 truck parking spots in Kent. If access to cross-channel services is restricted, congestion would quickly spread across the county.

The most common causes of Operation Stack are thunderstorms that either cancel or restrict ferry service, industrial action in the French ports of Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne, and power outages in the Channel Tunnel.

In a statement posted on its website, the Port of Dover said: “As of September 15, 2020, Kent Police have been screening all vehicles and passengers as part of a major operation in Kent and on all short strait routes.

& # 39; Port of Dover received notification that Operation Stack (Level 1) has been implemented on the M20 between J8 and J9 Coastbound. We work with our ferry partners to keep traffic moving and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and the local community. & # 39;

Ferry operator P&O Ferries also said: “Due to a special operation, the Kent Police are currently checking all cargo and tourist vehicles. As a result, the traffic in and around Dover is very heavy and causes exceptional delays.

They added: “At the port, the buffer zone is currently full and Dover TAP is in place. Check-in is clear and you will be put on the first available sail. & # 39;

The increased security was introduced on Tuesday at around 7 a.m., the police said. But the congestion lasted the rest of the day and through the night until yesterday morning.

Ferry operator DFDS advised customers "to allow extra time to complete the check-in process" and to board the next intersection if they miss their assigned seat due to traffic.

Major delays were introduced on Tuesday when Dover TAP, a traffic management system that queues cargo in the left lane of the A20 to keep local city traffic going, was introduced.

Once the A20 is full, the trucks will have to wait between Junctions 8 and 9 of the M20 near Ashford.

One lane is closed on the A20 between the B2011 (Court Wood Interchange, Capel Le Ferne) and Dover (Western Heights roundabout, Dover) and Junction 11 (Hythe) of the M20 is congested.

The left lane is for trucks that only go to the port. All other road users should use the right lane.

The M20 coastal lane is closed and traffic is due to Operation Stack from Junction 8 (A20 Ashford Road for Leeds Castle / Maidstone Services) to the junction (A20 Fougeres Way Ashford). Junction 7 (A249 Detling Hill) is overloaded.

But resident Kate Leech tweeted: & # 39; It (Dover Tap) doesn't work! The whole city is bogged down, as are the surrounding villages with passing trucks. Children can't even go to school. It's a disaster. & # 39;

Local resident Abi Sale reported having heard "many sirens" shortly before 11:30 a.m.

She tweeted: “Heavy traffic across the Dover area for two days as security checks at Port_of_Dover have increased and now there are lots of sirens. Hope everyone is fine. The authorities are not telling us why at the moment. & # 39;

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

A truck trying to avoid the stall managed to pull down overhead cables and two large conifers as they drove on the back roads of the village of Shepherdswell near Dover.

UK-based courier company Freight Logistics Solutions said some of their drivers crawling towards the coast towards Dover reported delays of more than 10 hours.

They tweeted: & # 39; HEADS UP – freight chaos on the roads this morning – huge delays in the construction of the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. Increased security and border controls in the tunnel, Dover TAP traffic scheme has queues of more than nine miles of buildings. We have a couple of drivers in the Q saying 10 hours late! & # 39;

Operation Stack is slated to be replaced by Operation Brock, the government-planned traffic management system in Kent to be used in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover - but refuse to reveal why

Thousands of angry motorists face 10 hours of delays and 9 miles of queues as police conduct extensive spot checks on a major security operation in the port of Dover – but refuse to reveal why

The Ministry of Transport (DfT) is now preparing to reinstall Operation Brock at the end of the year, ready for the end of the Brexit transition period in December.

This time around, however, there will be a key difference that could give drivers hope, reports Kent Online.

Movable concrete blocks are used in place of the metal barrier. This would mean that installation and removal would take "several hours" rather than "one month of night closings".

Highways England plans to set up a special zipper machine so that the movable barrier can be deployed quickly. The concrete blocks for the barrier are kept on the side of the hard shoulder until use.

The government says this new system will be ready by December 2020 and will "significantly reduce the disruption caused by the deployment". It was also confirmed that the measures are available for long-term traffic management plans and are not just a response to cross-channel disruptions from Brexit.

It added, "That will hold around 2,000 trucks – the same capacity as the previous countercurrent."

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