Leeds Festival gear on its way to Calais

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THREE VAN loads of tents, sleeping bags and camping gear dumped by revellers at Leeds Festival made their way to the Calais migrant camps yesterday.

Campaign group Leeds No Borders arranged a mass clear up of the camping grounds at Bramham Park on Monday. Hundreds of tents and sleeping bags were collected, and many more warm clothes, shoes, and first aid kits have also been donated.

Speaking as she made her way to Calais yesterday, Emily Jennings from the group said three vans full of goods were on route to the camp, and another trip was planned.

“The response from the people of Leeds has been amazing,” she said. “We had a human chain of 30 people loading the vans this morning, and many more dropping off donations from churches, mosques and community groups.”

Around 3-4,000 migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa are currently camped near the French port, with many risking their lives to reach Britain through the Eurotunnel, or stowing away in lorries.