Decathlon stores in N France halt canoe sales over migrant crossings

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Sportswear and equipemnt retailer Decathlon has halted sales of canoes in its stores in northern France to prevent them being used in dangerous crossings of the Channel by migrants seeking to reach Britain.

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The sport equipment retailer Decathlon will no longer sell canoes in the north of France to prevent migrants from attempting to use them to cross to England, reports The Guardian.

Tuesday’s announcement came as hundreds of people crossed the Channel by boat in what was a busy day for UK search and rescue forces. There were multiple landings along the Kent coastline, including about 60 people who landed at Dungeness shortly before 4pm.

On Friday, three migrants were reported missing after trying to cross the Channel to Britain in canoes, while two canoes were found adrift off Calais on Thursday and two people were fished out of the water.

The Home Office said 1,185 people arrived on small boats on Thursday, a record for the current migration crisis, surpassing the previous high of 853 set earlier this month.

The canoes will continue to be available for online purchase and in other stores. Other safety equipment, such as lifejackets and thermal protection, will still be sold in the Calais and Grande-Synthe stores.

“The purchase of canoes will no longer be possible” in Decathlon stores in Calais and Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, “given the current context”, the retailer told AFP.

Read more of this report from The Guardian.

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