A makeshift camp in Steenvoorde, housing around 60 illegal migrants, was dismantled on the 11th July, with three smugglers arrested in the operation.
Another smaller camp was then dismantled in the area at the end of November, just a month after the notorious “Jungle” of Calais was cleared.
Many of the migrants moved on from Calais refused to go into asylum facilities as they wished to travel illegally to the UK. Instead, they moved to camps such as Steenvoorde which is just 50 miles away.
The Calais camp was finally dismantled after its population surged to more than 10,000 during the summer of 2016 and the number of violent incidents at the site also shot up.
Police declared parts of Calais “no go zones” after dark, with migrants causing vehicles to crash, leaving logs on the road, throwing rocks off bridges, and setting fire to undergrowth.
Drivers were also attacked, beaten with bats, stabbed, and even threatened with chainsaws.