EXCLUSIVE: MailOnline uncovered the staging area where migrants appear to spend their last night in France
Piles of abandoned lifejackets, clothing, sleeping bags and left over food were spread out on the area of sand
Foot pumps for inflatable boats were also found at the scene along with flooring panels used in crossing boats
The spot is sheltered and cannot be seen from the beach which was being patrolled by French police officers
The site is also in the area where MailOnline witnessed two giant 50ft long inflatable boats – each packed with around 40 migrants – being pushed out into the surf by people smugglers on Tuesday morning
Official figures are yet to be released but it is feared that Tuesday's migrant crossing total could be a record
At least 1,000 migrants made the crossing, rivalling the record total of 1,185 that was reached last Thursday
The previous daily high was 853 and, overall this year, there have been more than 20,000 migrant crossings
A secret staging area used by people smugglers to assemble groups of migrants and prepare inflatable boats to carry them across the English Channel has been uncovered by MailOnline.
The site where migrants appear to have spent their last night in France is hidden in sand dunes under the noses of patrolling French police near Wimereux, around 20 miles south of Calais.ADVERTISEMENTi-amphtml-sizer">
Piles of abandoned lifejackets, clothing, sleeping bags and left over food from final meals eaten on French soil were spread out on the area of sand around 100 yards from the beach.template type="amp-mustache"">>/amp-minute-media-player">>
Foot pumps for inflatable boats were also found at the scene along with flooring panels which are designed to slot together and add stability to the flimsy vessels carrying migrants to the UK.
The spot is in a sheltered hollow and cannot be seen from the beach which was being patrolled by a dozen French police in the early morning darkness and as the sun came up this morning.
People smugglers are able to keep watch from the vantage point and can decide when the moment is right for migrants to help manhandle their boats down a sandy cliff and begin their perilous voyage.
The site is also in the area where MailOnline witnessed two giant 50ft long inflatable boats – each packed with around 40 migrants – being pushed out into the surf by people smugglers on Tuesday morning.
Ripped up sacks were found littered around the site after apparently being used as ground sheets to rest on, along with blankets and up to a dozen sleeping bags including some still in their carrying bags.
One of the most pitiful sights was a girl’s jacket and a child’s cuddly toy grey owl, apparently abandoned or lost.
Evidence of food and drink consumed included packets of praline waffles, crisps, Oreo biscuits, miniature muffins, tins of mackerel and tuna, alongside empty cans of energy drinks and oat milk cartons.
Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10217931/amp/Secret-staging-area-used-people-smugglers-prepare-migrants-cross-English-Channel.html645