A group of migrants allegedly ambushed an elderly British couple who were driving through Paris in a bid to steal their UK number plate.
Peter, 55, and Jill Stubbs, 57, were reportedly targeted by a dozen robbers as they were stuck in traffic en route home from a holiday in the south of France, the Sun reports. They were briefly unable to escape as their black BMW was surrounded by three other vehicles and motorbikes held up the traffic.
Two men on foot allegedly began circling them with one carrying a gun or knife approached the driver’s side. The second then used a brick to smash the passenger window before leaning in and grabbing Jill’s bag. Jill, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was left covered in glass after the robbers smashed the front window.
The couple from Cornwall managed to escape by driving down a side road near Saint-Denis on Saturday night.
Peter, a father-of-five, said: “It all happened so quickly. We are lucky because it could have been much worse. I thought they might smash in all the windows and take the car or hurt us.
“I still can’t believe the police wouldn’t help us and nobody came to our aid.”
Calais border officials explained to the shock-ridden couple why they were targeted amidst a cue of cars in traffic.
The officials reportedly said they were targeted for their number plate rather than their possessions which included a handbag containing passports, £400 and the equivalent of £300 in Euros.
Peter added: “We managed to get back to the Euro tunnel but my wife was covered in glass. “We were really shook up. When we go to border control we explained what happened and were told it is very common.”
“I said to him, ‘I’ve got a new car, it’s a BMW’ but he told me ‘it’s not your car they’re after, it’s your number plate, you were targeted by migrants because you’re British and they want to get into the country.’”
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke condemned the “shocking attack”, saying: “We cannot have a situation where Brits are being targeted by ruthless people traffickers – whether it be in Paris or Calais.
“That’s why it’s more important than ever that our borders are strong and secure – particularly at the Dover frontline.”