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HOME Secretary David Blunkett is demanding the closure of a refugee camp near Calais, France.

The Red Cross site at Sangatte, half a mile from the Channel Tunnel entrance and a mile from ferry ports, is seen as a base for immigrants trying to enter Britain illegally.

Mr Blunkett is said to have asked the French government to close Sangatte and build a series of smaller camps inland.

Eurotunnel, the company which runs the Channel Tunnel, has already started legal action to try to close the camp.

The Home Secretary is threatening to fine Eurotunnel pounds 2,000 for every refugee who comes through the tunnel illegally.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 2, 2001
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