Dover travel chaos en route to France to get WORSE as EU readies to unleash fresh red tape | Politics | News

EU red tape that has wreaked havoc on thousands of holidays will increase under new requirements imposed by Brussels. From May 2023, new biometric security checks will be demanded of every Briton looking to travel to Europe.

At the weekend Dover was gridlocked as nearly 142,000 people travelled through the port.

Customs delays led to huge queues, with holidaymakers and hauliers looking to cross the English Channel forced to wait for hours.

France initially only put two operatives on duty despite being the busiest time of the year and insisted on stamping each Briton’s passport.

There are fears the gridlock will be repeated every weekend of the summer as more holidaymakers head to Europe during the school summer break.


But under the latest initiative to come from the EU from next May, every traveller to the bloc will need to have their fingerprints taken and their face biometrically scanned.

While the system will end the current requirement of passport stamping, the new solution will take far longer.

The EU says its new border checks “will replace the current system of manual stamping of passports, which is time-consuming, does not provide reliable data on border crossings, and does not allow a systematic detection of over-stayers”.

Both the Eurostar and ports operators have already voiced concern that the changes will be almost impossible to implement without leading to increased queues.

Tim Reardon, head of EU exit for the Port of Dover, said: “There is no such thing as an e-gate for a car, and there is no such thing as an e-gate process for people travelling as a group.

“They’re all one-at-a-time processes.”

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Meanwhile, Gareth Williams, strategy director for Eurostar, added: “We don’t

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British man found dead in hotel after an ‘erotic game gone wrong’ | World | News

But officers have not ruled out foul play, according to local news reports in Florence.

The man, 40, was found dead in his £350-a-night room at the four-star Continentale, where previous guests have included Prince Charles and Tony Blair.

A British woman bel­­ieved to be his partner was covered in cuts and bruises. She had asked a chambermaid for help.

It is understood the man may have suffered a seizure or heart attack but this has not been officially confirmed.

Paramedics were sent to the hotel but the man was pronounced dead. The woman, 43, was taken to the city’s Careggi Hospital where she is said to be in a serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery.

The couple, reportedly estate agents from Manchester, arrived at the hotel on Friday. Travel guides describe the Continentale as “playfully chic” and being popular with people wanting a romantic break.

A police source said: “The people involved are both British and at the moment we are working on two theories, an erotic game that went wrong or some sort of domestic argument.

“But the general direction is that of an erotic game.

“The man was found with a series of cuts, bruises and other injuries on his body and so was the woman.

“There is blood in the room and the forensic teams are working there at the moment while the woman has been taken to hospital for treatment. We hope to question her at some point in the next few hours.”

Other guests are understood to have called reception after allegedly hearing shouting and banging coming from the room.

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Family ‘dream holiday’ ruined as adults-only festival takes over hotel | Travel News | Travel

Describing their experience, Kerry Cox said that she travelled with her husband and their two children to Antigua, to enjoy a luxury holiday on the Caribbean island. Initially, they were blown away by the beauty of the resort and their luxury £18,000 hotel. However, the family left early after learning that an adults-only festival would be taking over the building for the final five days of their holiday.

The 24-hour party would be taking over the entire hotel complex in the middle of their stay, and include a foam and paint party, neon swimwear bash and string of DJs. Despite booking the holiday in advance the Coxes say that Virgin Holidays had not informed them of the event, reports Mirror Online.

The Northamptonshire family had looked forward to relaxing after two difficult years and being pampered through the Diamond Club package, where they would even have a private butler. Instead, mum Kerry Cox, was left furious that her 10 and 16-year-old would be surrounded by drinking and partying adults. A spokesperson for Virgin Holidays said the firm has moved the family to an upgraded property for the remainder of their holiday.

Kerry said: “The party is 24 hours a day, so even if we were out during the day we would be coming back to the evening parties. I have two children.

“You come on a family holiday and expect a family resort. An Ibiza-style neon beach party and foam party is not what I booked for a family resort.”

Kerry added: “It’s my job as a mother to protect my children. With parties planned for every location in the hotel, on the beach and at the pool, where can I take my family?”

After contacting the in-hotel reps and Virgin customer helpline in the UK, it was suggested

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